- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (July 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141022027
- ISBN-13: 978-0141022024
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom Hodgkinson is the founder and editor of The Idler and the bestselling author of How to be Idle, How to be Free, The Idle Parent and Brave Old World. In 2011 he and his partner Victoria launched the Idler Academy of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment, a business which offers online and real-world courses in the liberal arts and practical skills, from philosophy and ukulele to business skills and singing. For a weekly update of news and comment from the world of The Idler, join Tom's mailing list at idler.co.uk
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What's boredom anyway? How come whatever we do we always come back to the boring state? Boredom is where life is happening. Entertainment is always short lived, just try repeat the same joke for ten minutes. The place to be is between the walls, in the middle. After peaks come troughs, and vice versa, the only more or less stable state is in the middle. To be free of boredom, not craving entertainment is real freedom. Freedom is when you can sit for an hour and just be.
To the point. If Tom couldn't figure freedom out at the basic, spiritual - sorry, sounds corny - level, he has no business telling me about its other aspects.
So yeah, read the book, find out how to avoid paying unnecessary bills and why you should throw away your watch. There is some good advice here: stop competing, don't chase a career and stop compulsive shopping, among other things. However, all these things are external and secondary to the real freedom. Which , in my opinion, should come within. Once you arrive to the shore you don't need explaining that you don't need the oars.
So, three stars from me. For which Tom should not get too ticked off, he is free from opinions I suppose. Just joking. The book is a good but missed attempt of defining personal freedom. You won't lose much reading it.