When you take your vacation this summer are you going to do any REAL LOAFING?
This is no idle question - it deserves your serious and thoughtful consideration. Over the years, LOAFING has become almost a lost art. In some areas it is even looked upon with disfavor and scorn. Thoughtless people quote such maxims as, "An idle brain is the Devil's workshop," and "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise." This is all wrong - it tends to cast HONEST LOAFING into disrepute.
Of course there are times and places for loafing - as there are for other things. But certainly the summer vacation season is one of those times and places. And further, the great need for some laziness must be emphasized in our day and age.
As a matter of fact, much of the trouble in the world comes about because our affairs are being handled by tired men. Our statesmen lack the punch that comes from fresh nerves. Business executives are so weary with conferring that they cannot make clear-cut decisions. The butcher, and baker, and the gas station attendant have all lost their zip. Everyone seems tired.
But we should not let ourselves become discouraged. With conviction and practice, great changes can be wrought. If we all put our hearts and minds to it - if we muster all our resources - if we keep trying hard enough and long enough - we may become really accomplished loafers and thus come to know the restorative value of idleness. We need not be eternally and everlastingly committed to a life of activity, effort, and vigor. There is an old Spanish proverb that reads, "How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward."