The Case Against Vacation

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 12 2011 @ 5:03pm


Jason Peters ponders the "satiety and aimlessness" of the annual summer vacation:

At the heart of the high internal tension, the enduring and gnawing discomfort, is the loss of the normal alternate rhythm of work and rest, work and rest, that brings such immense satisfaction, variety, and joy and that is, in fact, the very stuff of life. [Most Americans] were born into and inherited a world in which work doesn't "participate in happiness," to quote [John Crowe] Ransom once again. It isn't naturally coupled with rest or leisure. Work and rest are not paired together, like dance partners, but set at odds, like gunfighters.

(Photo from the "Surfing Trooper" series, via Buzzfeed)