Just do it to enjoy it

I'm a little surprised by how many people tell me they have no hobbies. It may seem a small thing, but - at the risk of sounding grandiose - I see it as a sign of a civilisation in decline.

The idea of leisure, after all, is a hard-won achievement; it presupposes that we have overcome the exigencies of brute survival. Yet here in the United States, people seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Just do it to enjoy it'. Print Edition | Subscribe