Bertrand Russell on the importance of leisure

Humans are obsessed with work. Work serves as the lens through which we, as individuals, societies, and nations, evaluate progress and development. And according to this view, leisure is a nuisance, that only serves to slow down progress. The importance of work over leisure is apparent in the literature from the past two centuries. Technological advances … Continue reading Bertrand Russell on the importance of leisure

Csikszentmihalyi on autotelic work and the conditions that create “flow”

There’s an oft-cited quote in the Bhagavad Gita[1] that explains the role of work in a person's life. Loosely translated, it states that one should “perform work in this world without selfish attachments [desire for money, fame etc.], and alike in success and defeat.” In other words, when performed with attention and without regard for consequences, … Continue reading Csikszentmihalyi on autotelic work and the conditions that create “flow”