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BUSYNESS

Busyness is no sign of spirituality or any kind of a full life. In fact, it’s more likely the sign of an empty life.


Tim Kreider, in an article he wrote for The New York Times called The Busy Trap put it this way: “If you live in America in the 21st century, you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: ‘Busy!’ ‘So busy.’ ‘Crazy busy.’ It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: ‘That’s a good problem to have,’ or ‘Better than the opposite.’”


Then Kreider goes on to say, “Busyness serves as a kind of ... hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day …. [We’re] busy because of [our] own ambition or drive or anxiety, because [we’re] addicted to busyness and dread what [we] might have to face in its absence."


(Tim Kreider, "The Busy Trap," The New York Times, 6-30-12. From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Cure For Weariness, 8/17/2012)

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