Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something to promote their work. (…) The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it’s something we’ve chosen.
O conceito de “ócio criativo” está relacionado ao fato de que a criatividade acontece melhor em uma mente desocupada – sem a consciência para distrair o cérebro, o inconsciente fica livre para se concentrar na criação de novas conexões (e/ou idéias). Porisso é comum que idéias e soluções para problemas venham quando não estamos procurando por elas, seja no meio do banho, quando estamos lavando a louça ou mesmo dormindo.
A citação acima é do cartunista e escritor Tim Kreider, que escreveu este ótimo artigo sobre o tema. Leia o resto deste post para ler mais alguns trechos que eu achei interessantes.
It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this, any more than any one person wants to be part of a traffic jam or stadium trampling or the hierarchy of cruelty in high school — it’s something we collectively force one another to do.
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.
Perhaps the world would soon slide to ruin if everyone behaved as I do. But I would suggest that an ideal human life lies somewhere between my own defiant indolence and the rest of the world’s endless frenetic hustle.
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. I suppose it’s possible I’ll lie on my deathbed regretting that I didn’t work harder and say everything I had to say, but I think what I’ll really wish is that I could have one more beer with Chris, another long talk with Megan, one last good hard laugh with Boyd. Life is too short to be busy.
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