WILL STORR ~ THE UNPERSUADABLES ~ 2015

~ WAWWD-NMHDWMTTIO ~ We Are What We Do – No Matter How Desperately We Might Try To Insist Otherwise

~ WFFTLOOOB-WWD-IRU-ISILMWANK-DUIFGAWWHD ~ We Fall For The Lies Of Our Own Brain – When We Do – It Rewards Us – It Seals Its Little Mischief With A Neurochemical Kiss – Drugging Us Into Feeling Good About What We Have Done

~ OPAMAITU-TFICAEA-WOBIIIHSOL-WIIBIM-ATTDFV-TAITTCPOOM ~ Our Prejudices And Misbeliefs Are Invisible To Us – They Form In Childhood And Early Adolescence – When Our Brain Is In Its Heightened State Of Learning – When It Is Building Its Models – And Then They Disappear From View – They Are Inaccessible To The Conscious Part Of Our Minds

~ TPOOMCBKOV-WAUI ~ The Power Of Our Many Cognitive Biases Skews Our View – We Attack Unwelcome Information

~ WAN-BSWHAPTBOOT ~ We Are Natural-Born Storytellers Who Have A Propensity To Believe Our Own Tales

~ OOAABCHNBIT-AYWBTU-WAS ~ Our Own Actions And Beliefs Can Have No Basis In Truth – And Yet We Believe Them Utterly – We Are Storytellers

~ TATBALOCOEHMOOCRIC ~ There Appears To Be A Lack Of Consensus On Exactly How Much Of Our Conscious Reasoning Is Confabulation

~ WTTGSTETMO-WWDAB-WCUTJOBWAB-C-IL-DUDTWWNEAOM ~ We Tend To Generate Stories To Explain The Mysteries Of – What We Do And Believe – When Called Upon To Justify Our Beliefs We Automatically Become – Confabulators – Innocent Liars – Defending Unconscious Decisions That We Were Not Even Aware Of Making

~ WDBTBIDTMAMOTWWIIF ~ We Dream Because The Brain Is Designed To Make A Model Of The World Whenever It Is Functioning

~ OBCTWIWWE-TACU-PTGMTTBCITOY-T-‘I’ ~ Our Brains Create The World In Which We Exist – They Also Create Us – Perhaps The Greatest Model That The Brain Creates Is That Of You – The – ‘I’

~ OLSMTWAUOMOTSASAU ~ Our Limited Senses Mean That We Are Unaware Of Most Of The Sounds And Sights Around Us

~ WCSBTMUH-TAHWLATW-TAHWPTF-TPC-TASOPAM-TTUWGTHABTHAWWABTM-TAAOM-TMBWWNOLTADACW ~ We Create Stories Because They Make Us Happy – They Are How We Learn About The World – They Are How We Predict The Future – They Provide Certainty – They’re A Source Of Power And Motivation – They Tell Us Why Good Things Happen And Bad Things Happen And Why We Are Better Than Most – They Are Arks Of Meaning – The Method By Which We Navigate Our Lives Through A Dangerous And Confusing World

~ NODOBMAWFOSTPOI-TACIH-U ~ Not Only Do Our Brains Make A World For Our Story To Play Out In – They Also Create Its Hero – Us

~ UDLEI-WHATTBWWA ~ Unless Dramatic Life Events Intercede – We Have A Tendency To Become What We Are

~ IINIAB ~ Intelligence Is No Inoculation Against Bias

~ WBTWANP-TWHAAOCTARPOOT-OBDTAT-WCST-BTTTPBOE-HMIG-HMIR-HMICSWRODHMOTW? ~ We Believe That We Are Not Prejudiced – That We Have Arrived At Our Conclusions Through A Rational Process Of Objective Thought – Our Biases Disguise Themselves As Truth – We Cannot See Them – Because The Trick Takes Place Behind Our Eyes – How Much Is Genetic – How Much Is Rational – How Much Is Concerned Solely With Reinforcing Our Dearly Held Models Of The World?

~ SWAT-TOWTMOPAD-TSMITTTHHDTBTDOTN ~ Stories Work Against Truth – They Operate With The Machinery Of Prejudice And Distortion – The Scientific Method Is The Tool That Humans Have Developed To Break The Dominion Of The Narrative

~ EIOGTOA-IITROOS ~ Eccentricity Is Our Gift To One Another – It Is The Riches Of Our Species

~ TBMINAS-WIAHR ~ To Be Mistaken Is Not A Sin – Wrongness Is A Human Right

~ MDSC-PFFATLI-MBS-PCTF ~ Minds Do Sometimes Change – People Find Faith And They Lose It – Mystics Become Skeptics – Politicians Cross The Floor

~ IWTTR-T-TARAICSF-TIATCTIAW ~ I Will Try To Remember – Though – That As Right As I Can Sometimes Feel – There Is Always The Chance That I Am Wrong

~ HLIH:IFO-AIFM ~ Happiness Lies In Humility: In Forgiving Others – And In Forgiving Myself

DAVID GRAEBER ~ BULLSHIT JOBS ~ 2018

~ LAS-U-IFO-TCOPWAA-M/M/F/M-T ~ Layoffs And Speed-Ups – Invariably Fall On – That Class Of People Who Are Actually – Making / Moving / Fixing / Maintaining – Things

~ I-1%-OTP-CMOT-DW-WWC-‘TM’-RW-T-TIUOI-NAE ~ If – 1 Percent – Of The Population – Controls Most Of The – Disposable Wealth – What We Call – “the Market” – Reflects What – They – Think Is Useful Or Important – Not Anybody Else

~ HWNMTW ~ Humans Were Not Made To Work

~ WHBACBO-W-NE-‘PW’-B-WAEAMII ~ We Have Become A Civilization Based On – Work – Not Even – “Productive Work” – But – Work As An End And Meaning In Itself

~ MLOPO ~ Multiple Layers Of Private Outsourcing

~ BS-J-TA-POEMUOT-TTPDTJCTB-P/U/OEP-JT-WTTD-WMNDW-AA-TAJTTHTFSNE-T-THTBSDO-PAF-IAW-TJ-MFOTP-TTI-IF-AGRWHJE ~ Bullshit Jobs – Jobs – That Are – Primarily Or Entirely Made Up Of Tasks – That The Person Doing That Job Considers To Be – Pointless / Unnecessary / Or Even Pernicious – Jobs That – Were They To Disappear – Would Make No Difference Whatsoever – Above All – These Are Jobs That The Holders Themselves Feel Should Not Exist – Typically – There Has To Be Some Degree Of – Pretense And Fraud – Involved As Well – The Jobholder – Must Feel Obliged To Pretend – That There Is – In Fact – A Good Reason Why Her[/His] Job Exists

~ MPWDAGDOHITW-APATKTTDS-O-TATTB-TEAOP-TIAAT-TCUWRWTARDG-N-TASRTA-TT ~ Most People Who Do A Great Deal Of Harm In The World – Are Protected Against The Knowledge That They Do So – Or – They Allow Themselves To Believe – The Endless Accretion Of Paid Flunkies – That Inevitably Assemble Around Them – To Come Up With Reasons Why They Are Really Doing Good – Nowadays – These Are Sometimes Referred To As – Think Tanks

~ ITPOTEIACO-PBTWIONSV-OSPATATAR ~ If The Preponderance Of Those Engaged In A Certain Occupation – Privately Believe Their Work Is Of No Social Value – One Should Proceed Along The Assumption They Are Right

~ AD-B-J-TA-P-AJTAM-B-‘SJ’-TTASOC-O-TMABCO ~ Another Distinction – Between – Jobs – That Are – Pointless – And Jobs That Are Merely – Bad – “Shit Jobs” – The Two Are So Often Confused – Odd – They Might Almost Be Considered Opposites

~ BS-OPQWATTOEWC-TJP-SJ-AUNAAB-TTIWTNTBDAICOBTS-IJTTWWDTAPATB ~ Bullshit Jobs – Often Pay Quite Well And Tend To Offer Excellent Working Conditions – They’re Just Pointless – Shit Jobs – Are Usually Not At All Bullshit – They Typically Involve Work That Needs To Be Done And Is Clearly Of Benefit To Society – It’s Just That The Workers Who Do Them Are Paid And Treated Badly

~ IIATPTHAJTIBSAB ~ It Is Also Theoretically Possible To Have A Job That Is Both Shit And Bullshit

~ N-UB-SJARI-TPS-AI-TPS-EM-PAPBHBSIETIOVDTTTA ~ Nowadays – Useless Bureaucrats – Seem Just As Rife In – The Private Sector – As In – The Public Sector – Even More – Public And Private Bureaucracies Have Become So Increasingly Entangled That It’s Often Very Difficult To Tell Them Apart

~ ‘MR’-AICBM-NL ~ “Market Reforms” Almost Invariably Create More Bureaucracy – Not Less

~ CA-BR-AFYB-BO-TY-IATFO-GR-B-IYRWTRACFR-MOTWWB-TB ~ Complain About – Bureaucratic Run-Around From Your Bank – Bank Officials – Tell You – It’s All The Fault Of – Government Regulations – But – If You Research Where Those Regulations Actually Come From – Most Of Them Were Written By – The Bank

~ IOCRIT-BG-AI-O-T-BW ~ If One Common Reaction Is To – Blame Government – Another Is – Oddly – To – Blame Women

~ TIAVTLB-EL-A-TC ~ There Is A Very Thin Line Between – Extreme Luxury – And – Total Crap

~ TI-IS-AWGOJ-TICTDD-BASWHHPFRUTATDTW ~ There Is – It Seems – A Whole Genre Of Jobs – That Involve Correcting The Damage Done – By A Superior Who Holds His Position For Reasons Unrelated To Ability To Do The Work

~ IIPTHABJANKI? ~ Is It Possible To Have A Bullshit Job And Not Know It?

~ TMAPEOBTIABS ~ The Moral And Psychological Effects Of Being Trapped Inside A Bullshit Job

~HB-A-SIS-TI-COFRWOH-TBTDP ~ Human Beings – Are – So Intrinsically Social – That If – Cut Off From Relations With Other Humans – They Begin To Decay Physically

~ AHBUTHAMIOTWCTE ~ A Human Being Unable To Have A Meaningful Impact On The World Ceases To Exist

~ TT-MS-MOF-PWFDTDF-TTTDOOAY-BJAFHADO-AOFD-NAA ~ The Typical – Medieval Serf – Male Or Female – Probably Worked From Dawn To Dusk For – Twenty To Thirty Days Out Of Any Year – But Just A Few Hours A Day Otherwise – And On Feast Days – Not At All

~ TITOPTCBTSEIAQP-MHSTHEEWNHCOSAT-HCYBT?-AAR-TOMOEOWLTWDEITAWAOPWAAS ~ The Idea That One Person’s Time Can Belong To Someone Else Is Actually Quite Peculiar – Most Human Societies That Have Ever Existed Would Never Have Conceived Of Such A Thing – How Could You Buy Time? – As A Result – The Overwhelming Majority Of Examples Of Wage Labor That We Do Encounter In The Ancient World Are Of People Who Are Already Slaves

~ TINAGAWWCBM-BTWITMI ~ Time Is Not A Grid Against Which Work Can Be Measured – Because The Work Is The Measure Itself

~ ‘S’-TLOCM-M-PM-BJ-I-S-TCOBA-NOIESWTASTSOHTASTFATS ~ “Scriptlessness” – The Lack Of Cultural Models – Many – Probably Most – Bullshit Jobs – Involve – Scriptlessness – The Codes Of Behavior Ambiguous – No One Is Even Sure What They Are Supposed To Say Or How They Are Supposed To Feel About Their Situation

~ S-RASAFCOBJ ~ Stress-Related Ailments Seem A Frequent Consequence Of Bullshit Jobs

~ YCS-‘O’-TYB ~ You Can’t Say – “Orange” – To Your Boss

~ TLOASOPEAAP ~ The Lack Of A Sense Of Purpose Eats Away At People

~ IHENBTSWAFTYASTH ~ It’s Hard Enough Nowadays Being Taken Seriously When Asking For Things You’re Already Supposed To Have

~ WWAWI-TROTFO-PC-T-OW-CPAC-D-T-S-F-SOT-THATDIW-WEWTNFTTO-TSCAIO ~ What We Are Witnessing Is – The Rise Of Those Forms Of – Popular Culture – That – Office Workers – Can Produce And Consume – During – The – Scattered – Furtive – Shards Of Time – They Have At Their Disposal In Workplaces – Where Even When There’s Nothing For Them To Do – They Still Can’t Admit It Openly

~ TMOLOM-WBJITSTTOA-HCTDAA-‘CI’ ~ The Multiplication Of Levels Of Managers – Whose Basic Job Is To Sell Things To One Another – Has Come To Dominate Almost All – “Creative Industries”

~ W-WNLFALTCTFNTT-HTBI-M/M/S ~ Workers – Who No Longer Felt Any Loyalty To Corporations That Felt None Toward Them – Had To Be Increasingly – Monitored / Managed / Surveilled

~ TSTBAIC-B-TFOTE-TBOII-A-TPOBS ~ There Seems To Be An Intrinsic Connection – Between – The Financialization Of The Economy – The Blossoming Of Information Industries – And – The Proliferation Of Bullshit Jobs

~ A-MROWH-IPTQAETTCBDTSTP ~ A – Mass Reduction Of Working Hours – Is Probably – The Quickest And Easiest Thing That Could Be Done To Save The Planet

~ TMYWHABO-A-TM-SV-YC-TLYALTBPFI ~ The More Your Work Helps And Benefits Others – And – The More – Social Value – You Create – The Less You Are Likely To Be Paid For It

~ ROTCC ~ Revolt Of The Caring Classes

~ W-A-A-E-I-I-M ~ Work-As-An-End-In-Itself-Morality

~ TMTEBAMOTM-DOL-TM-IAUCOC-AMS-STATFOOBSTSUAMOTLAP ~ The More The Economy Becomes A Matter Of The Mere – Distribution Of Loot – The More – Inefficiency And Unnecessary Chains Of Command – Actually Make Sense – Since These Are The Forms Of Organization Best Suited To Soaking Up As Much Of That Loot As Possible

~ TPOMW=MPSODAS-WICUIWFAL+MPHTJ ~ The Paradox Of Modern Work = Most People’s Sense Of Dignity And Self-Worth Is Caught Up In Working For A Living + Most People Hate Their Jobs

DAVID GRAEBER ~ THE FIVE MAJOR VARIETIES OF BULLSHIT JOBS ~ BULLSHIT JOBS ~ 2018

~ WFD-OOPTMSELOFI-YCBMWAE ~ What Flunkies Do – Only Or Primarily To Make Someone Else Look Or Feel Important – You Cannot Be Magnificent Without An Entourage

~ WGD-PW-J-A-EMAA ~ What Goons Do – People Whose – Jobs – Are – Essentially Manipulative And Aggressive

~ WDTD-WJEOBOAGOFITO-TSAPTONTE ~ What Duct Tapers Do – Whose Jobs Exist Only Because Of A Glitch Or Fault In The Organization – To Solve A Problem That Ought Not To Exist

~ WBTD-EWEOOPTAAOTBATCIIDST-IF-IIND ~ What Box Tickers Do – Employees Who Exist Only Or Primarily To Allow An Organization To Be Able To Claim It Is Doing Something That – In Fact – It Is Not Doing

~ WTD-TWRCEOAWTO ~ What Taskmasters Do – Those Whose Role Consists Entirely Of Assigning Work To Others

~ AM-DTDPWOTFCIBT-OTMSTCEOS ~ Ambiguous Multiform – Difficult To Determine Precisely Which Of The Five Categories It Belongs To – Often It May Seem To Contain Elements Of Several

~ SOBJ-INSPAAOT-B-WAUP-B-TAPISOAPE ~ Second Order Bullshit Jobs – In No Sense Pointless In And Of Themselves – But – Which Are Ultimately Pointless – Because – They Are Performed In Support Of A Pointless Enterprise

THOMAS MOORE ~ A LIFE AT WORK ~ 2008

~ A-LW-IAMAEAAACA ~ A – Life Work – Is As Much An Emotional Accomplishment As A Concrete Achievement

~ MPSIWTFTTDANIOTAETFAWTD ~ Many People So Identify With Their Failures That They Develop A Negative Image Of Themselves And Expect To Fail At Whatever They Do

~ SPCRAPWTFOFITAKTSATCL ~ Successful People Can Reach A Plateau Where The Fear Of Failure Inhibits Them And Keeps Them Stuck At Their Current Level

~ A-LW-IMASTAF-ARTYWHBMANTIHFBCAF ~ A Life Work Is More A Sensation Than A Fact – A Realization That Your Work Has Been Meaningful And Not That It Has Finally Become Complete And Flawless

~ SBCPITPFTFTFTWTW-BIADM-IHYTAFYAYC ~ Some Blame Certain People In Their Past For Their Failure To Find The Work They Want – Blaming Is A Defensive Maneuver – It Helps You To Avoid Facing Yourself And Your Choices

~ TPINAPTBS-IYM-TCTOWYAAHYCTTPIYL ~ The Past Is Not A Problem To Be Solved – It’s Your Mystery – The Complicated Tale Of Who You Are And How You Came To This Point In Your Life

~ MPLATATLAP-TAALFACTWEEAFMLB-SAD-TAMNITSTTCBRIDW-ITYMADTSYAGTLI-YSSYTYCINJAUM-CPAC-CEAMSTO-CFC ~ Many People Look At Themselves And Their Lives As Problems – They Are Always Looking For A Clue That Will Explain Everything And Finally Make Life Better – Stories Are Different – They Are More Neutral In The Sense That They Can Be Read In Different Ways – In The Telling You May Add Details That Surprise You And Give The Listener Insights – Your Stories Show You That Your Chaos Is Not Just An Unidentifiable Mass – Certain People Are Central – Certain Events More Significant Than Others – Certain Feelings Consistent

~ BTAGSABS-EWORYH-A-C-BUP-WOATBS ~ But There Are Good Stories And Bad Stories – Effective Ways Of Recounting Your History – And – Clever – But Ultimately Pointless – Ways Of Avoiding The Bad Stuff

~ PAONITHOSTTDLITSTTOH-TTITD-AT-WTCSA-B-TFTOASMBJAS-YHTTI-AAA-BIG-R-D-AP-D-WET ~ People Are Often Not In The Habit Of Seeing Through To Deeper Layers In The Stories They Tell Or Hear – They Take In The Details – And Then – Want To Consider Some Action – But – The First Telling Of A Story May Be Just A Sketch – You Have To Tell It – Again And Again – Because It Gets – Richer – Deeper – And Perhaps – Darker – With Each Telling

~ TFTASOTPITT-USSEATP ~ The Fascinating Thing About Stories Of The Past Is That They – Usually Say Something Enlightening About The Present

~ AYTYS-ETYHKHFALT-IAYPAYCCO-YGTKYB-AAT-BETMD ~ As You Tell Your Stories – Especially Those You Have Kept Hidden For A Long Time – Insights About Your Past And Your Character Come Out – You Get To Know Yourself Better – And Are Then – Better Equipped To Make Decisions

~ TPCIARR ~ The Present Chaos Is A Rich Resource

~ POATTAAEAOR-WIT-TAASTTLOTFSBWTL ~ People Often Assume That They Are Always Experiencing An Objective Reality – When In Truth – They Are Always Seeing Through The Lens Of The Familiar Stories By Which They Live

~ WDW-TTOC-BIAKOOI-ATOIU-H/I/D-IPAPFDWTNATU ~ We Deal With – The Threat Of Chaos – By Imposing A Known Order On It – And That Order Is Usually – Habitual / Ingrained / Defensive – It Protects A Person From Dealing With The New And The Unexpected

~ OHOIALB ~ Our Habits Of Interpretation Are Like Blinders

~ SAJOCRITBIIABF-BOWFBOICGTROTP ~ Sometimes A Job Or Career Runs Into Trouble Because It Is A Bad Fit – But Often We Fail Because Our Imaginations Can’t Grasp The Richness Of The Possibilities

~ OUOTWLWIL-UWMEMTKB ~ Our Understanding Of The Way Life Works Is Limited – Until We Make Enough Mistakes To Know Better

~ APOIINUBTOWOFAF ~ A Person Of Imagination Is Not Undone By The Overwhelming Weight Of Facts And Feelings

~ TIISTAMITB:IWME-EATO-WIHB-P/E/H ~ The Imagination Is Similar To A Muscle In The Body: It Works More Effectively – Especially Against The Odds – When It Has Been – Practiced / Exercised / Honed

~ TTOCBAPP-BWWCWAAI-ICARUPWTBD ~ The Time Of Chaos Can Be A Painful Period – But When Worked Closely With An Active Imagination – It Can Also Reveal Underlying Possibilities Waiting To Be Developed

~ PSSYHTUWT-TDKHTETD-OTDFETC ~ People Sometimes Spend Years Holding Their Unhappiness Within Them – They Don’t Know How To Express Their Dissatisfaction – Or They Don’t Feel Entitled To Complain

~ THYG-TMYRLTWTGOYBADF-YCBDFYPAYFR-AYSTDAAFOEOL ~ The Higher You Go – The More You Risk Losing Touch With The Ground Of Your Background And Deepest Feelings – You Can Be Disconnected From Your Past And Your Family Roots – And You Sense The Disconnection As A Feeling Of Emptiness Or Lack

~ YAMBAVOD-VFGATM-BIUANAMBD-AIHTBRBOII ~ Your Anger May Be A Venting Of Dissatisfaction – Venting Feels Good At The Moment – But It Usually Accomplishes Nothing And May Be Destructive – And It Has To Be Repeated Because Of Its Ineffectiveness

~ IYALFYLW-AC-D-H-A-WY-IWOWAYUYSITAABWICPAR ~ If You Are Looking For Your Life Work – And Carry – Deep – Hidden – Anger – With You – It Will Only Work Against You Unless You Submit It To An Alchemy By Which Its Constructive Powers Are Released

~ MPWB-ITPOTLW-FTCOTRAIEPQO-F/D/J ~ Most People Would Benefit – In The Pursuit Of Their Life Work – From The Conversion Of Their Raw Anger – Into – Effective Personal Qualities Of – Firmness / Direction / Judgement

~ ALWITEOYUSWTAMITTTYD ~ A Life Work Is The Emergence Of Your Unique Self Worked Through And Manifested In The Things That You Do

~ ALWSAOAAGIADMOT-YHT-FOI-TI-A-LITYIYF ~ A Life Work Sometimes Appears Only As A Glimmer In A Dark Mist Of Trouble – You Have To – Focus On It – Trust It – And – Let It Take You Into Your Future

~ POLFLAWSTTP-WTAMTTFOASBOL ~ People Often Look For Large And Weighty Solutions To Their Problems – When The Answer Might Take The Form Of A Small Beam Of Light

~ TTWITSTTYTBOITTADTDFFASH ~ The Trouble With Intuitions That Seem To Tell You To Back Off Is That They Are Difficult To Distinguish From Fear And Simple Hesitation

~ WYATTSYLC-PATASOBITWP-EIBAECYSTBS ~ When You Are Trying To See Your Life Calling – Pay Attention To Any Sensations Of Being In The Wrong Place – Even If By All External Criteria You Seem To Be Successful

~ AOPSIIIW-BSITPOTP ~ Accomplishing Or Producing Something Is Important In Work – But So Is The Pleasure Of The Process

~ CINAGOPOAO-CIAOTL-IWYDYIRTTWAY-RTOICWY ~ Community Is Not A Group Of People Or An Organization – Community Is An Outlook Toward Life – In Which You Define Yourself In Relation To The World Around You – Rather Than Only In Connection With Yourself

~ BMIICHRMPEP-WAODTAATS ~ Becoming More Involved In Community Helps Resolve Many Personal Emotional Problems – Which Are Often Due To Anxiety About The Self

~ CINAAOP-IIAFOL ~ Community Is Not An Arrangement Of People – It Is A Form Of Love

~ IYWAAJTCYE-YAD-YPVMIODAYWIA-SEHDRIYEAV-YWFDAY ~ If You Work At A Job That Contradicts Your Ethics – You Are Divided – Your Personal Values Moving In One Direction And Your Work In Another – Since Ethics Has Deep Roots In Your Emotions And Your Vision – You Will Feel Divided Against Yourself

~ BTTYE-AYHABCOKWTDIL ~ Be True To Your Ethics – And You Have A Better Chance Of Knowing What To Do In Life

~ YWITP ~ To Work Is To Pray

ORI BRAFMAN + ROM BRAFMAN ~ CLICK ~ THE MAGIC OF INSTANT CONNECTIONS ~ 2010

~ OAAWTBVCAAMC-TTTBMOAIWPWAMOAIWUIHIU-OC-VIMEWIGAS ~ One’s Ability And Willingness To Be Vulnerable Can Accelerate A Meaningful Connection – This Tendency To Be More Open And Intimate With People Who Are More Open And Intimate With Us Is Hardwired In Us – Of Course – Vulnerability Is Most Effective When It’s Genuine And Sincere

~ WANRTV-ROWICFAIC-OAS-P ~ We Are Naturally Receptive To Vulnerability – Regardless Of Whether It Comes From An Inanimate Computer – Or A Skilled – Politician

~ TPOP-TLOC-OFAMCWS-IETCWATTP-EA-TPR-SPTIOOF ~ The Power of Proximity – The Likelihood Of Clicking – Of Forming A Meaningful Connection With Someone – Increases Exponentially The Closer We Are To That Person – Exponential Attraction – The Proximity Rule – So Powerful That It Overrides Other Factors

~ WEC ~ When Everything Clicks

~ IWTWCOOTE-NASWIE-PCSI-’PC’-BTC-T-RIOC ~ If We Take Words Completely Out Of The Equation – Not A Single Word Is Exchanged – Psychologists Call Such Interactions – “Passive Contacts” – But These Contacts – Too – Register In Our Consciousness

~ TMPCWSWAP-TMLWATGTHOH ~ The More Passive Contacts We Share With Another Person – The More Likely We Are To Gravitate Toward Him Or Her

~ TOATFBCJIT-IF-FABR ~ The Old Adage That Familiarity Breeds Contempt Just Isn’t True – In Fact – Familiarity Actually Breeds Regard

~ P-TOPOAC-AOE-WCBCDAUOTAU-ATOE-TP-AMITTTLOTIIAUPM ~ Presence – Think Of Presence On A Continuum – At One End – We Can Be Completely Disengaged And Unaware Of Those Around Us – At The Other Extreme – Transformative Presence – A Meaningful Interaction That Touches The Lives Of Those Involved In A Uniquely Profound Manner

~ I-EAIWASOPACA-OUA ~ Intentionality – Entering An Interaction With A Sense Of Purpose And Conscious Awareness – Our Undivided Attention

~ M-BOAATMTOPWTA-FOTSAOTAHIITR-RTGAOTTSAP ~ Mutuality – Being Open And Available To Meet The Other Person Where They Are – Focusing On The Shared Aspects Of Trust And Honesty Involved In The Relationship – Rather Than Giving Advice Or Trying To Solve A Problem

~ I-BAAAOOOGER ~ Individuality – Being Authentic And Aware Of Our Own Genuine Emotional Reactions

~ PRA-DCTAI-AL-AAPTE-SOOR-DTTOPTWAAPITI ~ Presence Requires Attentiveness – Demonstrating Care Through Active Involvement – Actively Listening – Asking A Person To Elaborate – Sharing Our Own Reactions – Demonstrating To The Other Person That We’re An Active Participant In The Interaction

~ TBP-AWI-LAMI-A-RITWOISAATTEATAU ~ To Become Present – Arrive With Intention – Listen And Mutually Interact – And – Remain In Touch With Our Individual Selves And Attentive To The Environment And Those Around Us

~ R-WWASWIIASOR-WAMLTETSAW-WAMLTC ~ Resonance – When We’re Around Someone Who Is In A State Of Resonance – We Are More Likely To Enter That State As Well – We Are More Likely To Click

~ TCORCBTNTTPOMN-TCNHBCMNBTATIOAEVTSIINEITPB-BWIIINJBBEAW ~ The Contagiousness Of Resonance Can Be Traced Neurologically To The Phenomenon Of Mirror Neurons – These Copycat Neurons Have Been Called Mirror Neurons Because They Appear To Imitate Others’ Actions Even When The Subject Itself Is Not Engaged In That Particular Behavior – But What Is Imitated Is Not Just Behaviors But Emotions As Well

~ TSPOS ~ The Seductive Power Of Similarity

~ OWAPIOI-G-WSSTIADL:WKTT-MG ~ Once We Accept People Into Our In-Group – We Start Seeing Them In A Different Light: We’re Kinder To Them, More Generous

~ AGBORST-TGTIOTA-TSTBTIEBTPA ~ A Growing Body Of Research Suggests That – The Greater The Intensity Of The Adversity – The Stronger The Bond That Is Established Between The Participants Afterwards

~ IIWWCDJATSOORWTOP-TBOTBIUAW-BAOWWWCCSUTPAAHL ~ Interactions In Which We Click Don’t Just Affect The Strength Of Our Relationship With The Other Person – They Bring Out The Best In Us As Well – Being Around Others With Whom We Click Can Spur Us To Perform At A Higher Level

~ CCB-W-M ~ Connection Can Be – Well – Magical

TOM HODGKINSON ~ HOW TO BE IDLE

~ NOIERTU-B-LIBHA-IPBTHAH ~ Not Only Is Early Rising Totally Unnatural – But – Lying In Bed Half-Awake – Is Positively Beneficial To Health And Happiness

~ GALRANB-LRIFTIOM-TIWRTBAST-WMA ~ Greatness And Late Rising Are Natural Bedfellows – Late Rising Is For The Independent Of Mind – The Individual Who Refuses To Become A Slave To – Work, Money, Ambition

~ IOTHIATTPHTRTI-CPNTT-AMSIOOTBTTDT ~ In Order To Have Ideas And Then To Plan How To Realize Those Ideas – Creative People Need Thinking Time – And Morning Snoozing Is One Of The Best Times To Do This

~ TIOT‘J’ATATAW-IAS-IOOTMPMOMS ~ The Idea Of The ‘Job’ As The Answer To All Woes – Individual And Social – Is One Of The Most Pernicious Myths Of Modern Society

~ WWETIWOWWASSATHWET ~ When We Enter The Ignoble World Of Work We Are Soon Shocked At The Humiliations We Encounter There

~ TJWIIOTMTEFTATT-WIHW-FOP ~ The Job Was Invented In Order To Make Things Easier For Those At The Top – Who Believed In Hard Work – For Other People

~ WKTMPPY-YISN‘WOW’BD ~ Work Kills Two Million People Per Year – Yet I See No ‘War On Work’ Being Declared

~ IIPTPUFTTMTSPUATGOOB-ICLT-TTT-AVOTT-ACIOTHOOFDW ~ It Is Precisely To Prevent Us From Thinking Too Much That Society Pressurizes Us All To Get Out Of Bed – Introspection Could Led To – That Terrible Thing – A Vision Of The Truth – A Clear Image Of The Horror Of Our Fractured, Dissonant World

~ GDNLTI-TIWT ~ Governments Do Not Like The Idle – The Idle Worry Them

~ HMBLWBIWBTDWAPRTTEPON-WTDOFHEAJ ~ How Much Better Life Would Be If We Began The Day With A Poem Rather Than The Empty Prattle Of Newspapers – With Their Diet Of Fear, Hate, Envy And Jealousy

~ I-V-THRTBVBTCOO-TEAO-THCT ~ Idlers – Visionaries – They Have Refused To Be Victimized By The Customs Of Others – Their Eyes Are Open – They Have Created Time

~ TDOPISOAIFOSIABM ~ The Deferral Of Pleasure In Service Of An Imaginary Future Of Stability Is A Bourgeois Myth

~ KN ~ Keeping Nix

~ SM-ATOIS-ABUI-TBTW-OATWOTE ~ Saint Monday – A Tradition Of Institutionalized Skiving – A Bottom-Up Initiative – Taken By The Worker – Often Against The Will Of The Employers

~ WNTCLB-IIONR-IHBSFUBOR-LIATTFABSPE ~ We Need To Claim Lunch Back – It Is Our Natural Right – It Has Been Stolen From Us By Our Rulers – Lunch Is A Time To Forget About Being Sensible, Practical, Efficient

~ TBICBADWTRLITIAFWKTAYC ~ That Being Ill Can Be A Delightful Way To Recapture Lost Idling Time Is A Fact Well Known To All Young Children

~ TIOCWTETPOBIBTTOTAIOT-AATTGOSBUA ~ The Idea Of Convalescence Was To Extend The Period Of Being Ill Beyond The Time Of The Actual Illness Or Trauma – And Allow Time To Get One’s Strength Back Up Again

~ TN ~ The Nap

~ IPEN ~ In Paradise Everyone Naps

~ ANIAPPAIU-ISTDITH-MEHMMAE ~ A Nap Is A Perfect Pleasure And It’s Useful – It Splits The Day Into Two Halves – Making Each Half More Manageable And Enjoyable

~ HMEIITWITM-IWKWHANTLFTAL ~ How Much Easier It Is To Work In The Morning – If We Know We Have A Nap To Look Forward To After Lunch

~ TFT ~ Time For Tea

~ POD-FB-LRP ~ Paroxysms Of Diligence – Followed By – Long Rest Periods

~ TR-TPITHAMMOB-WFP-OBDNI-INIAH-WDWAMG-F ~ The Ramble – The Pedestrian Is The Highest And Most Mighty Of Beings – Walks For Pleasure – Observes But Does Not Interfere – Is Not In A Hurry – Wanders Detached, Wise And Merry, Godlike – Free

~ B-TWTMSH-BTDRCWII-TITBOO-WIWITTB-NCWDTT-ACTTFUPITDTAW ~ Botherers – They Want To Make Something Happen – But They Don’t Really Care What It Is – They Impose Their Beliefs On Others – What Is Worse Is That The Botherers – Not Content With Doing Things Themselves – Are Constantly Trying To Force Us Poor Idlers To Do Things As Well

~ AIIATAADAIFI ~ An Idler Is A Thinker And A Dreamer And Is Fiercely Independent

~ WCUWTIOTSWAIOG-WCBMITORTTSS? ~ Whoever Came Up With The Idea Of The Strike Was An Idler Of Genius – What Could Be More Irritating To Our Rulers Than To Simply Stop?

~ S&I ~ Sex And Idleness

~ TAOC-TSIAS-WFOAN-TITLOTL-IEICAEICOTABTAC ~ The Art Of Conversation – Talking, Sharing Ideas And Stories – With Friends Old And New – This Is The Lifeblood Of The Loafer – Ideas Emerge In Conversation And Are Embellished, Improved, Contradicted Or Torn Apart By The Assembled Company

~ DDI-TAI-ITTTAIWD-TIWGDOIOT ~ Don’t Do It – Talk About It – If The Thing Talked About Is Worth Doing – Then It Will Get Done On Its Own Time

~ TAOTTCDOORTP ~ The Authorities Occasionally Try To Crack Down On Our Right To Party

~ YHPOOTBML-SWNEYN-WAEWAP0SMTNTBE ~ You Have Plenty Of Opportunity To Be Miserable Later – So Why Not Enjoy Yourself Now – We Are Equipped With A Pleasure-Seeking Muscle That Needs To Be Exercised

~ TTIWTLAGLATT-NJOSN ~ The True Idler Wants To Live A Good Life All The Time – Not Just On Saturday Nights

~ HSPIOHTL-ISNBAMOLII-AIIU ~ Hedonism Should Provide Ideas On How To Live – It Should Not Become A Mode Of Living In Itself – As It Is Unsustainable

~ TINPFOITM ~ There Is No Purer Form Of Idleness Than Meditation

~ SIADP-APO-AGU-ABQ ~ Sleep Is A Delicious Procrastination – A Putting-Off – A Giving Up – A Big Quit

~ SINFW-SIFTSB-TGO-THOTKTH-TI ~ Sleep Is Not For Wimps – Sleep Is For The Stronger Breed – The Great Ones – The Holders Of The Key To Happiness – The Idle

~ IWCBHWLS-DINTFTWWHTWL-AWWNLM? ~ If We Could Be Happier With Less Stuff – Does It Not Then Follow That We Would Have To Work Less – As We Would Need Less Money?

~ AOT-WAPWMI-TIOAHAAEFTHOWIARRI ~ At One Time – Work And Play Were More Intermingled – The Idea Of A Holiday As An Escape From The Hell Of Work Is A Relatively Recent Idea

~ LIACCFGCPTETSTTPOEICPAOAAO ~ Living In A Constant Chase For Gain Compels People To Expend Their Spirit To The Point Of Exhaustion In Continual Pretence And Overreaching And Anticipating Others

~ OSMBFITNOOPL ~ One Solution May Be Found In The Notion Of Off-Peak Living

~ IWITMAHAHEA ~ I Work In The Morning And Have A Holiday Every Afternoon

~ WYALAIL-YHNTTEF ~ When You Are Living An Idle Life – You Have No Toil To Escape From

~ IINWTTTIMRFTWNOTH-FIAHANMTTBOW? ~ It Is No Wonder That The True Idler Might Recoil From The Whole Notion Of The Holiday – For Isn’t A Holiday Actually No More Than The Brother Of Work?

~ HTIAHSFTD-HCTBTAU-WTUOVAFAAWOT ~ How The Idle At Heart Suffer For Their Dreaming – How Cruel The Bureaucrats, Teachers And Usurers – Who Tell Us Our Visions And Fancies Are A Waste Of Time

~ TRT-ITDOESI-ITBTTWT-THDAD ~ The Real Trick – Indeed The Duty Of Every Serious Idler – Is To Bring These Two Worlds Together – To Harmonize Dreamworld And Dayworld

~ WABOOD-TAAOC-LTT-PIIPBDAFTWPSLAVOT ~ We Are Based On Dreams – They Are At Our Centre – Listen To Them – Perhaps It Is Precisely Because Dreams Are Free That We Put So Low A Value On Them

~ IHAD-ICLAF ~ I Have A Dream – It Is Called Love, Anarchy, Freedom – It Is Called Being Idle

VIKTOR FRANKL ~ MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING

~ TLITS-TSITFMITS ~ To Live Is To Suffer – To Survive Is To Find Meaning In The Suffering

~ [S]HWHA-‘W’TLCBWAA-’H’ ~ [S]He Who Has A – “Why” – To Live Can Bear With Almost Any – “How”

~ SWFYPBYHFTTAI ~ Success Will Follow You Precisely Because You Had Forgotten To Think About It

~ NSRIAESCFADR ~ No Situation Repeats Itself And Each Situation Calls For A Different Response

~ NPOECTFYWYHE ~ No Power On Earth Can Take From You What You Have Experienced

~ AOTSIPOAAROTOTS ~ Actualization Of The Self Is Possible Only As A Result Of Transcendence Of The Self

~ TMOLACBINCTB ~ The Meaning Of Life Always Changes But It Never Ceases To Be

~ ACTLTIOMPTOP ~ A Challenge To Live Thoughts Instead Of Merely Putting Them On Paper

~ LAI-YWLFTST-AHAAWTFTAYAATAN ~ Live As If – You Were Living For The Second Time – And Had Acted As Wrongly The First Time As You Are About To Act Now