Will it then be possible for us, to whom are held out rewards so wondrous innumber and in splendor that tongue can not recount them, while we are fastasleep and leading care-free lives, to make these our own by half-heartedefforts ? Surely, were an idle life a very commendable thing, Sardanapaluswould take the first prize, or Margites if you will, whom Homer, ifindeed the poem is by Homer, put down as neither a farmer, nor a vine-dresser,nor anything else that is useful. Is there not rather truth in the maxim ofPittacus which says, 'It is hard to be good?' For afterwe have actually endured many hardships, we shall scarcely gain those blessings towhich, as said above, nothing in human experience is comparable. Therefore wemust not be light-minded, nor exchange our immortal hopes for momentaryidleness, lest reproaches come upon us, and judgment befall us, not forsoothhere among men, although judgment here is no easy thing for the man of sense tobear, but at the bar of justice, be that under the earth, or wherever else itmay happen to be. While he who unintentionally violates his obligationsperchance receives some pardon from God, he who designedly chooses a life ofwickedness doubtless has a far greater punishment to endure.
My own resolute idleness has mostly been a luxury rather than a virtue, but I did make a conscious decision, a long time ago, to choose time over money, since I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love.
As for Idleness, if I should Quaere, Where are the greatest Number of its Votaries to be found, with us or the Men? it might I believe be easily and truly answer'd, . For notwithstanding the Men are commonly complaining how hard they are forc'd to labour, only to maintain their Wives in Pomp and Idleness, yet if you go among the Women, you will learn, that ; and that a &c. But however, Suppose we should grant for once, that we are generally more idle than the Men, (without making any Allowance for the ) I desire to know whose Fault it is? Are not the Men to blame for their Folly in maintaining us in Idleness? Who is there that can be handsomely Supported in Affluence, Ease and Pleasure by another, that will chuse rather to earn his Bread by the Sweat of his own Brows? And if a Man will be so fond and so foolish, as to labour hard himself for a Livelihood, and suffer his Wife in the mean Time to sit in Ease and Idleness, let him not blame her if she does so, for it is in a great Measure his own Fault.
"My Design in troubling you with this Letter is, to desire you would begin with your own Sex first: Let the first Volley of your Resentments be directed against Vice; let Female Idleness, Ignorance and Folly, (which are Vices more peculiar to your Sex than to our's,) be the Subject of your Satyrs, but more especially Female Pride, which I think is intollerable. Here is a large Field that wants Cultivation, and which I believe you are able (if willing) to improve with Advantage; and when you have once reformed the Women, you will find it a much easier Task to reform the Men, because Women are the prime Causes of a great many Male Enormities. This is all at present from Your Friendly Wellwisher,
It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, without getting the hell out of it again.Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.
I shall here present your Readers with a Letter from one, who informs me that I have begun at the wrong End of my Business, and that I ought to begin at Home, and censure the Vices and Follies of my own Sex, before I venture to meddle with your's: Nevertheless, I am resolved to dedicate this Speculation to the Fair Tribe, and endeavour to show, that Mr. Ephraim charges Women with being particularly guilty of Pride, Idleness, &c. wrongfully, inasmuch as the Men have not only as great a Share in those Vices as the Women, but are likewise in a great Measure the Cause of that which the Women are guilty of. I think it will be best to produce my Antagonist, before I encounter him.
The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.
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