Archive for the ‘stillness’ Category
I love this article on middle age and why it is such a happy time, by Natasha Badhwar in live mint.
The belief that early youth is the peak of one’s life has been proven to be a fallacy. Now one feels far more productive, especially when one finds oneself managing so much more with much less effort. I write when I sleep, I raise children when I am away from home, I support people with just words. This is also when one realizes that this isn’t the peak either. There’s a lot more uphill ahead for us.
There are so many things that I still want to do. Thinking about doing them makes me as happy as doing them. I own my imagination.
our society is currently gripped by a pervasive ideology of work. It is continuously preached to us as the pinnacle of human virtue. If you’re not doing superhuman stints at the office then something is wrong with you. And don’t even mention the word unemployed … that’s blasphemy.
The most worrying facet about the ideology of work is this: we are obliged to toil even when it’s not really necessary in concrete, economic terms. Appearing super-busy becomes more about fulfilling a societal expectation than doing something useful to society.
From Peter Fleming’s “The way to a better work-life balance? Unions, not self-help” in The Guardian.