Idleness promotes creativity

A new book by Christian McEwan suggests that we need to slow down if we want to be a creative. Not much of a surprise here. He s ays in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times that the emotional side of our brains work very differently that the logical parts. “Tasks that have to do with empathy and imagination, with slow-growing qualities like love and fidelity and ethics, will continue to develop in their own sweet time.”  Having just attended the SLOW FOOD cycling event in Pemberton Valley, I can assure you that those who grow food know how ridiculous how unhelpful rushing is. In this culture it’s an uphill battle to promote the idea of idleness and slowing down. Yet we desperately need it, not just for creativity, but for life. (Book title: World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down).

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