Boredom

If you are observant you will have noticed something that is not often recognized. Only the human being can be bored, not animals. Whoever believes that animals can be bored is a poor observer of nature. People, on the other hand, can positively be classified according to their capacity for boredom. Those leading a simple soul life are bored far less than the so-called educated ones. In general, people are far less bored in the country than in the city, but to verify this you must there observe the country people, not city people who are momentarily in the country. People of the educated strata and classes whose soul life is complicated are prone to boredom. We find, then, a difference even among the different classes.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 115 – Wisdom of Man, of the Soul, and of the Spirit: Part II: Lecture II – Berlin, 2nd November 1910

Translated by Samuel & Loni Lockwood

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