On Boredom

As I described in another post on boredom, when my brother and I used to complain to my mother we were bored, she’d cry out, “How can you be bored? There are so many things you can do!”

Now when my children complain of being bored, I tell them “Good”, because I have come to believe boredom is a good thing and an important ingredient of creativity.

It seems G.K. Chesterton agrees with me:

When the strong chord of monotony is stretched to its tightest, it breaks with the sound of a song.

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