Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A useful interruption ...

... really! Procrastination: Jonathan Franzen’s superglue solution, and Victor Hugo buck nekkid.


  1. On the living-in-the-now basis of procrastinarianism:

    'For Oakeshott, it is living in the present that is the distinguishing characteristic of the religious man. “Religion, then, is not . . . an interest attached to life, a subsidiary activity; nor is it a power which governs life from the outside with a, no doubt, divine, but certainly incomprehensible, sanction for its authority.” Religion, rather, “is simply life itself, life dominated by the belief that its value is in the present, not merely in the past or the future, that if we lose ourselves we lose all.”

    'As Corey puts it, “Oakeshott’s religious man . . . does not postpone fulfillment to the future but is fully engaged in each moment. He finds meaning in present activity and lives life as its own end rather than as a means to some future satisfaction.”'

    'Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.'

  2. Procrastinarians realize that there is a fundamental problem with their living-in-the-nowness, i.e. with their presentism:

    And they intend to solve that problem sometime, just not right now.