Harder than it sounds and more valuable than we want to believe. James Garvey on the philosopher's calling:

Doing nothing is a kind of nightmare for most of us...Why that should be is an interesting question which doesn't get much attention.  Some speculate that boredom is living in raw time, being in the moment, feeling the full weight of mortality and the horrible, horrible passage of time.  If it is all that, then it's at least an authentic way to be, a way of facing up to the way things are.

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