david on boredom

david graeber on bored\om

via this thread:

Boredom is an industrial phenomenon. At least as we know it. The key to boredom is you’re doing something meaningless & repetitive, but you also can’t wander off physically or mentally but have to pay attention. As on a factory line. 1/ https://t.co/ZwhzkGUbSP

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/davidgraeber/status/1255096290381348864

@davidgraeber: in non-industrial societies, people can speak of the pleasure of just sitting around doing absolutely nothing, breathing the air, looking at the light. I occasionally heard this in Madagascar. “What’s your favourite thing to do?” “Sometimes, just nothing.” 2/

@davidgraeber: in the ancient & medieval world, shepherds were famous as musicians & mystics, since they had lots of time to just sit around. It was always assumed to be one of the best lives you could have. Pastoralists i.e., in Somalia, often feel the same. 3/

@davidgraeber: I suspect the key to the introduction of modern industrial boredom is the creation of the industrial-model school system; kids are not spontaneously bored, they typically say they’re bored only when adults make them do something they don’t want to do 4/

people telling other people what to do

supposed to’s of school/work et al

@davidgraeber: pre-industrial ages knew melancholia, & identified it with artists & thinkers (it roughly corresponded to what we’d now call clinical depression), but it was Baudelaire, the prophet of modernism, who turned that into boredom, & thus embraced boredom as an aspect of creativity 5/

imagine if we tried cure ios city

intro’d to david’s thread via the 1st part of this tweet from nika – a quote tweet on #3:

in the ancient & medieval world, shepherds were famous as musicians & mystics, since they had lots of time to just sit around. It was always assumed to be one of the best lives you could have. Pastoralists i.e., in Somalia, often feel the same. 3/

then 2nd part:

Nika Dubrovsky (@nikadubrovsky) tweeted at 0:18 PM on Wed, Nov 04, 2020:
thinking about #MuseumOfCare
(https://twitter.com/nikadubrovsky/status/1324068549393108992?s=03)

yeah.. that..

museum of care ness – spaces of permission where people have nothing to prove

imagine if we believed that were the point/space for living/being alive.. and we org’d around that (rather than what we’ve been org-ing around.. supposed to’s/people telling people what to do.. which begs some form of violence to keep people on-it/in-line .. et al)

imagine if we just focused on non-hierarchical listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people

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