Sunday, October 09, 2005

The meaning of hard work

The Greeks and Romans praised otium, or leisure, the very opposite of negotium, or business.

Interesting etymology from The Grauniad via The Idler. Similarly revealing is "business" itself i.e. busy-ness, as contrasted to the more idle life prior to Industrialisation.


  • Interesting similarity between 'otium' and 'opium'...not so much of a coincidence, me thinks.

    By Blogger pandacub, at 9:24 am  

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