TITLE: In the Spirit of the Weekend
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: November 23, 2012 9:34 AM
I am thankful for human beings' capacity to waste time.
We waste it in the most creative ways. My life is immeasurably
better because other people have wasted time and created art
and literature. Even much of the science and technology I
enjoy came from people noodling around in their free time. The
universe has blessed me, and us.
At my house, Thanksgiving lasts the whole weekend. I don't mind
writing a Thanksgiving blog the day after, even though the rest
of the world has already moved on to Black Friday and the next
season on the calendar. My family is, I suppose, wasting time.
This note of gratitude was prompted by reading
a recent joint interview with Brian Eno and Ha-Joon Chang,
oddities in their respective disciplines of music and economics.
I am thankful for oddities such as Eno and Chang, who add to the
world in ways that I cannot. I am also thankful that I live in
a world that provides me access to so much wonderful information
with such ease. I feel a deep sense of obligation to use my time
in a way that repays these gifts I have been given.