(16-19) The importance of being idle

Notes on Robinson Crusoe, Chapters 16  through 19.

The importance of being idle is an idea that Robinson would never support.

Even when the rain got tougher, and he could not get out of his cave, he would work inside of it in order to widen his house (or kitchen as he named it).

After 10 months on the island, Robinson has built a castle and a summer house. He has learned to dry grapes and make raisins, which fed him during winter.

Probably his attitude toward labor prevented him from getting mad. Had he followed the Greeks and their idle worship, instead of working hard every day of his life on the island, he wouldn’t have raisins when the first winter arrived. Or, even worse, he would go completely crazy after a few days. The calm days would be dull and the rainy days would be quite scary without his fortress to shelter him.

The Greeks had slaves to work physically while they worked their minds.
In that context, idleness might have had a positive outcome in terms of how much beautiful knowledge the Greeks have given us. 

It would be nice, however, if we could ask a Greek slave whether he agrees with this statement...

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