This post is the second part of the “Hi … I am Busy” series.
In the first part, I pointed out that the word “I am busy” or the like has been so overused that it has lost its meaning. Furthermore, at times we use that phrase really because we don’t want to talk about what’s really happening in our lives. Most, if not all, of the times we did not lie when we said that. After all, who is not busy these days? However, left unchecked, our busyness can cause harm to our physic, our emotion, and our spirit.
In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by the end of 20th century, technology would have advanced sufficiently that people in countries such as Great Britain or the United States would only need to work 15 hours every week. Truth be told, technologically, we are quite capable of this. That same year, evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley, for a different reason, predicted similarly. Both of them warned that someday, we would have so much leisure time that we would not know what to do with all that free time. And yet, you and I know that it didn’t, hasn’t, and probably will not happen.