The mother of excess

September 25, 2006


Gaping Void is one of those sites whose RSS feed I always look forward to reading. As the emphasis is usually placed on Hughs cartoons, his posts are mostly short and to the point (when there is any comment at all). All the more reason to find todays post about his attitutude to work an unexpected pleasure:

“Where the problem arises is when this “Leisure Time” starts taking over. Becoming no longer a means [recharging], but an end it itself, what we call a [shudder] “Lifestyle”. When your work stops being your “Real Life”, and “Leisure” starts becoming your real life i.e. When your job just becomes this unpleasant “thing”, something with no other meaningful function other than to finance your new “Real Life” i.e your “Lifestyle”… you know, the expensive part with all the shopping, beaches, cocktail parties, vacuous conversations etc.

Meaningful Work or Death. Any other form of existence doesn’t interest me. Thanks Be To God.”

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2 Responses to “The mother of excess”

  1. davidbdale Says:

    I’ve been surfing for two hours this morning in every direction you pointed me and found myself in fascinating new places for which I thank you.

  2. moseswilbur Says:

    I am in full concord with those last two sentences. As it happens, I have been working of late on some of those demons myself.


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