So what is it that really causes our need to be busy? Certainly we are becoming a culture less and less able to be idle no matter where we are. This is partly due to class as Weissman suggests and partly due to a vision we have of ourselves as Kreider argues. But I’d like to add that place and the desire to be known (the desire for community) play roles as well—and what better place to vacate the regular day-to-day thanEastern Long Island? Instead of looking in a virtual space for a conversationn or trying to fill “empty” time with busyness, find a connection in the unique landscape of this special place or with the fascinating people around you. For a few hours, or if we’re lucky several days, this area can allow us to cultivate a quiet, tuned-in part of ourselves that we usually ignore. Because maybe Kreider is right when he says that “life is too short to be busy” and maybe, I’d add, the world is too beautiful and people too interesting to not look up.
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