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1. The virtue of boredom - The humorist P.G. Wodehouse once wrote, “Everything that’s fun in life is either immoral, illegal, or will make you fat.” I reckon the inversion of this is also true—that is, everything moral, legal, and non-fattening is, by definition, probably boring.
One of the book ideas I attempted to write after Subtle Art was on the virtuous aspects of boredom. The same way I argued in Subtle Art that a willingness to suffer will lead one to greater freedom, success, and meaning, I wanted to argue that the ability to sustain boredom constituted a sort of modern virtue that would enrich your life far more than whatever your phone happened to be showing you that second.
The problem with this book, I soon discovered as I wrote it, was that it was fucking boring… so I scrapped it. But in lieu of that, here’s a new article I wrote—a kind of extended discussion of how everything good in life seems to arise from, well, our ability to delay everything good in life.
Read: The Virtue of Delayed Gratification
In the psychological literature, delayed gratification has been linked to pretty much anything any …
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