Leisure the Basis of Culture. Josef Pieper. “The thing that I should wish to obtain from money is leisure with security.” Bertrand Russell. Aristotle Redux (We currently have it backwards). “We are unleisurely in order to have leisure”
“The thing that I should wish to obtain
from money is leisure with security.”
“Pieper’s influence should be in the direction of restoring philosophy to a place of importance for every educated person who thinks…” T.S. Eliot
Modern Views of Work Say:
“One must start out with a belief that there are no catastrophes in this world, and besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the nobler art of leaving things undone”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
The goal is to set up situations where the leader’s presence is not necessary – but always available if needed.
“Even after you have achieved non-doing, you should still carry out undertakings, fulfilling them and realizing their proper results.”
Lü Yan (in Cleary’s Spirit of the Tao)
Wu-wei must be understood as a form of intelligence – that is, of knowing the principles, structures, and trends of human and natural affairs so well that one uses the least amount of energy in dealing with them.”
Alan Watts, Tao: The Watercourse Way
What are examples of times when you lived in a way consistent with wu-wei?
Did these experiences work well or not so well?
Are these examples the norm – or something unique?
1. Economic need to always work
2. Government forcing constant work
3. Impoverishment of the individual
What do you think of Pieper’s notion that:
Can you take Pieper’s ideas and stop short of divine worship?
Pieper claims that the central problem of liberating people from this condition is:
Can we - do we - should we – address these issues?