Category: Introduction

Recognizing Water, Part 1

One yellow fish passing by two green fish by Dr. Seuss

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” -David Foster Wallace

The Last Days of Negotium

A villa with a fountain and statues of the founding of Rome in Tivoli, Italy

The title of this blog is inspired by an idea from the ancient Greeks and Romans two millenia ago. Namely, that the desired state of humanity is otium, a Latin word that refers to “leisure” time or, more precisely, being in control of one’s own time. While the concept of otium comes from a bygone era, it remains very relevant today.