Contra Benedictum

Against Benedict.

Saint Benedict wrote his Regula Monachorum, his Monastery Rules in the middle of the sixth century AD. He starts chapter 48 with the famous sentence:

Otiositas inimica est animae – Idleness is the enemy of the soul.

I don’t agree with him. I think idleness is more of a blessing than a curse. Today many people never experiences idleness because every second of every day and night they are connected to the never ending flux of Facebook, Instagram,  Snapchat and Twitter.

For me idleness is not the enemy of the soul. Idleness is a prerequisite for being creative.

If I could rephrase Saint Benedict’s words I would write something like:

Otiositas fontem creativitas est – Idleness is the fountain of creativity