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The Case for Boredom

Hour 1: Is boredom an important part of human existence? If so, why is it almost universally accepted that being bored is a bad thing? We’ll talk this hour with Peter Toohey, Professor of Classics at the University of Calgary, who argues for the great benefits of being bored in his new book “Boredom: A Lively History” (Yale, 2011).

  • TomC

    The author says when the kids are bored he gets out the toys or takes them out. What a terrible thing to do to kids. It is precisely when they are bored they invent, their imaginations go to work, they discover their own ability to create interest for themselves, they discover what talents and interests simmer just below the surface in themselves and have a chance to rise to awareness. An adult would never come up with tiddly winks or the crazy imaginations or games a child would, “Okay I’m a pirate captain and you’re a snail and we have a ball but we don’t want to get it across the goal line we want to cover it in leaves and keep it warm like a baby.” Let the kids be bored. What a childhood luxury.

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