D is for Dawdle

By: Joshua Glenn
February 27, 2012

A series of 26 posts featuring excerpts from Joshua Glenn’s The Idler’s Glossary (Biblioasis, 2008) and The Wage Slave’s Glossary (Biblioasis, 2011). Both books were coauthored by Mark Kingwell, who contributed entertaining philosophical-critical essays on the subjects of idling and wage slavery; and both were wittily illustrated and designed by the cartoonist Seth.

DAWDLE

Paul Virilio, noting that Socrates was invariably late (atopos) to every appointment, suggests that philosophy itself is born of “idle (often pointless) curiosity, born of the disappearance of physical effort once this becomes unnecessary.” And let’s not forget Oscar Wilde’s injunction that “punctuality is the thief of time.” If you’re always late because you’ve stopped to smell the roses, or chat with an acquaintance, you’re a dawdler; if you’re always late because you’re multitasking, or because you like to remind your colleagues of how important you are, you’re a jerk.

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ALSO: Alienation | Big Rock Candy Mountains | Corporation | Dawdle | Employee of the Month | Flazy | Greybearding | Hobo | Inemuri | Jack of All Trades | Knock Off Work | Lazy | Micawberish | Nobbing It | Onboarding | Pink Slip | Quitter | Robot | Stakhanovite | Time and Motion Study | Unemployment | Volupté | Wage Slavery | Xerox Subsidy | Yakuza | Zero Drag

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