Thursday, September 2, 2010

Leisure as an Attitude of Humility

"Leisure is only possible on the premise that man consents to his own true nature and abides in concord with the meaning of the universe.". It seems to me that from this insight one can understand leisure as an attitude of utter humility.  Both ourselves as humans and the universe.  Both humans and the universe are created things.  It is an acceptance of and assent to divinity.  It is not only essential then for a virtuous life but a saintly life.  This must be why he is constantly comparing leisure with contemplation.  Taking from this analogy though, one can automatically become leisurely .  He must progress in virtue and knowledge and humility to live in leisure.

A reflection on Chapter III of Leisure: The Basis of Culture

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