The biblical tradition tells us that absence of work, idleness, constituted the …

2 Jan

The biblical tradition tells us that absence of work, idleness, constituted the first man`s happiness before the fall. A love for idleness remains just the same, even in fallen man; but the curse still hangs over mankind, and it is impossible for us to be slothful and easy-going; not alone because we are required to earn our bread in the sweat of our faces, but because by the very conditions of our moral nature we cannot be idle and content. A secret voice warns us that to be idle is for us a sin. If a man could find a situation where he could feel that he was of use in the world, and fulfilling his duty while still remaining idle, he would have found one of the conditions of primeval bliss. And such a condition of obligatory and irreproachable idleness is enjoyed by a whole class of society – the military. And this state of obligatory and irreproachable idleness always has been and will be the chief attraction of military service.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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