Nothing

INT NIGHT Living room

  • A: What are you doing?
  • B: Nothing.
  • A: You can do that in the night.
  • B: Don't you sometimes feel like doing nothing?
  • A: Feel free to lay down at your place, but here you are setting a bad example for the kids.

I disagree. In a time of endless business and media distractions, laying down and doing nothing has become rare. In spite of this, society's sympathy for doing nothing is waning. I have previously touched on the spreading focus on achievement and work, and this is yet again the reason why my choices are despised. The underlying misconception is that whatever is happening only internally — not vocalised or immediately acted on — is worthless. Still, I cannot believe that any one person living in our society has never felt the urge to shut off all channels of input and output temporarily; to just think and be. If you grant that this does indeed happen, let me explain the reason: our brains get drowned in a flood of information. We are not made for this! And neither are we made to externalise everything that reaches the conscious. The need to rest the mind between social, creative, tedious, team-player, punctual, and creative work is so inevitable that I see no use in referring to any scientific study of it.1

Please try to rest in between work sometime and see how your thinking clears up. Then, never take this level of functioning from others. There is not enough time, you say? Apparently, you are trying to do too much.



  1. Here's your reference: Die Känguru Offenbarung by Marc-Uwe Kling. ↩︎