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Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity and Mental Illness | Academy of Ideas

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updated 20 Aug 2023

The question of how individuals utilize their leisure time in a modern civilization, which has freed many from the struggles of survival, becomes a pressing concern. The human need for challenge and external stimuli is explored as a response to the potential pitfalls of idleness and passivity. The transition from a history of toil to the modern era of leisure is examined, with the rise of the industrial revolution offering both newfound free time and the critical inquiry of how it should be employed. The influence of passivity on mental well-being is examined, particularly through the observations of the 20th-century philosopher Colin Wilson, and the possibility of cultivating pride and worth through creativity is presented as an alternative approach.

Why Passivity Breeds Mediocrity and Mental Illness | Academy of Ideas

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