Nothing is more alien to the present age than idleness.

“Nothing is more alien to the present age than idleness. If we think of resting from our labours, it is only in order to return to them. In thinking so highly of work we are aberrant. Few other cultures have ever done so. For nearly all of history and all prehistory, work was an indignity.” —…

Straw Dogs

Heaven and Earth are not ruthful; To them the Ten Thousand Things are but as straw dogs. — Tao-te-ching. Trans. Arthur Waley The Ten Thousand Things: all life forms. Straw dogs: sacrificial tokens. Ruthful, think opposite to ruthless. This is where John Gray’s book ‘Straw Dogs, gets it title. It is also I’m fairly sure the origin of the…