We’ve talked before about the importance of boredom for both creativity and healthy living. Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s quote above reminds us just how important that is.
The quote is taken from “The Rotation of Crops: A Venture in a Theory of Social Prudence” .In the essay, Kierkegaard speaks at lengths about the importance of idleness and boredom. Essentially, the more work we do to fill the boredom, the harder things get:
Here at once is the principle of limitation, the sole saving principle in the world. The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes. A solitary prisoner for life is extremely resourceful; to him a spider can be a source of great amusement… What a meticulous observer one becomes, detecting every little sound or movement. Here is the extreme boundary of that principle that seeks relief not through extensity but through intensity.
It’s a nice reminder that sometimes limiting yourself and just being resourceful with what you have in front of you is good enough.
Kierkegaard on Boredom… [Brain Pickings]