Shelling Peas

“As I must repeat again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end.” — Aristotle, Politics VIII

Life is about leisure. This statement sounds odd to our ears. But if we understand leisure, and life, as Aristotle does, then we can begin to appreciate why Josef Pieper calls leisure the basis of culture. And if leisure is to be the basis of culture, it must first be the basis of home life.
Please see my short article at Ethika Politika where I consider what leisure is, and how we can cultivate it in our homes: Leisure as the Basis of Home Life.

Image: Carl Larsson’s Shelling Peas

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