Originally Posted by Callaghan
Well this is my first post and I have to put in a word for those of us who would NOT be bored stiff by not having to work to survive.
There is much in travel, reading, art and music, as well as with the ability---and time---to share these things with ones children...much.
If Ernst is enjoying his life and his family why ever should he pretend to be under middle class constraints? I certainly wouldn't!
No more should he expect us to emulate HIS life and priorities.
As someone who is blessed (through no credit of my own) with the option of full-time leisure, I would remind you of something that Sigmund Freud said. "In order to be healthy, human beings need three things: to love, to work, and to play."
I don't imagine that the order was arbitrary. As pleasurable as travel and leisure can undeniably be, they quickly lose their meaning and their charm when one has no purposeful endeavor in life. Like so many others, I have found my life enriched beyond measure since finding meaningful work to which I feel called. This is not a matter of imposing artificial constraints on anyone, but rather of encouraging people to live fully and healthily.