Bertrand Russell: In Praise of Idleness (1932) | Hacker News -
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"There is this thing about ancient China: each son, when his father died, had to mourn for three years. Yes, three years. And it meant stopping your official occupation, e.g. official employment. (This didn't apply to the peasant). Result: most of the great products of Chinese culture are a direct consequence of this forced idleness."
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