An Idler’s Glossary: an annotated lexicon of words for the theory and practice of non-working. As usual with such things, distrust the etymologies (“Laggard is how the Norwegians say it”—no it’s not) but enjoy the brio.

apathetic: Because of his supine position and air of detachment, the idler is too often accused—by “serious,” “committed,” and “active” persons—of being apathetic. As used to mean “without feeling or emotion,” it would better be applied to those unfortunate souls who, precisely because they haven’t dropped out of society, have been (to quote Philip K. Dick) “androidized.” If, however, it’s supposed to mean “lacking interest or concern,” we should note that the idler is deeply concerned with, and interested in, following his own subjective pathos, through self-potentiation.

(Via wood s lot.)

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