Sunday, January 16, 2005

Bored?

No, the following wasn't written today, but nearly three and a half centuries ago.
"We find rest is unbearable because of the boredom it generates. We have to get away from it all, so we go around begging for new excitement. We can't even imagine a condition that is pleasant without fun and noise. We assume every condition is agreeable in which we enjoy some sort of distraction. But think what kind of happiness it is that consists merely in being diverted from thinking about ourselves!" (Blaise Pascal, 1656)