Monday, March 12, 2012

The Roots of American Order:Chapter IV
Favorite Quote 

Mankind can endure anything but boredom

Kirk's comment (pg 132) is very telling.

We all, especially mothers, should take note, and make sure to teach the fate of bores.

Bored, boring, bores, boredom ~ 

Here's a link to some of my *boring* thoughts.

Here's what Emily Post has to say about being bored.

There is no reason why you should be bored when you can be otherwise.

But if you find yourself sitting in the hedgerow with nothing but weeds,

there is no reason for shutting your eyes and seeing nothing,

instead of finding what beauty you may in the weeds. 

Last but not least, here's a link to Kirk's The Architecture of Servitude and Boredom from his book Redeeming the Time. 

It behooves us to understand the enemy called *Boredom*


  1. I haven't gotten to this chapter yet, but your comment on boredom got me to thinking about how in their situation, I'm sure they saw the bread and circuses as necessary. The kids and I are reading Plutarch's life of Pericles right now, and his way of dealing with idlers was to send them out to make colonies -- gave them work to do and increased Athens' political power.

    So you have socialism on the one hand and empire-building on the other (or in our case, some of each) -- neither of which I approve. But I guess having large numbers of unemployed, unhappy people around is worse than either.

    Of course, my solution is that every family ought to own enough land to do something productive with -- but in modern society families are almost completely landless.

  2. I agree that it behooves families and societies for citizens to be landowners, not only for subsistence but also for stewardship. I really wish that owning land would be a requirement for franchisement (voting).

    Owning land sounds like one good way to alleviate boredom as well!

  3. Agrarianism is the ultimate defense against boredom which is why I probably failed at it. But then again I have never been bored a day in my life!