What would Jesus do? Well, he’d chill out, and so should you

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What would Jesus do? Well, he’d chill out, and so should you

The importance of being idle: it’s free – and it’s good for your health

Tom Hodgkinson

Idling doesn’t get good press. Idlers are routinely categorised as scrounging lay-abouts and no-good parasites. If you want to benefit from society’s offerings, we’re told by the powers that be, then you’d better get up early and spend most of your time suffering. If you’re good, if you work really, really hard, then you’ll get a bit of money and a two-week holiday each year.

Well that is not fair to us. In fact, idling has a long and noble heritage. Not only that, idling is completely free and is very good for your health. And it’s fun. What’s not to like?

I suppose the original, inspirational idler must be Socrates. Here was a man so lazy he never bothered to write anything down. He didn’t charge for his teaching because, I imagine, chasing his students for his fees would be all too much trouble...

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