Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kierkegaard on Productivity

I have written about productivity before. Here is a quote by Sören Kierkegaard on the same phenomenon:
There is an indefatigable activity that shuts a person out of the world of spirit and places him in a class with the animals, which instinctively must always be in motion. There are people who have an extraordinary talent for transforming everything into a business operation, whose whole life is a business operation, who fall in love and are married, hear a joke, and admire a work of art with the same businesslike zeal with which they work at the office.
Is that a way to live? I don't think so. Therefore, my advice: keep "productivity" out of life. It's best left in the office.

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