1. What is this
2. Well, then, how do I go about being Leisurely?
3. Can I become a Leisure Agent?
4. No, but I mean, how does one get one of those neato Agent
5. Where is the Leisure Agency?
6. How does one contact The Leisure Agency?
7. How can I support The Leisure Agency?
8. Are you Commies, Anarchists, Libertarians, Liberals, or
9. Are you just a bunch of lazies?
10. My burning question goes unanswered! How can I resolve
What is this Leisure thing?
In seeking an answer
to this question, we first opened our dictionary:
(l[=e]"zh[-u]r; 135), n. [OE. leisere, leiser, OF. leisir, F.
loisir, orig., permission, fr. L. licere to be permitted.
1. Freedom from occupation or business; vacant time; time free from
The Websters Revised Unabridged Dictionary, c. 1996
Notice the terms in which the
word is describednegative ones. Dismay and alarm! Has our society
strayed so far that we no longer know what Leisure is, only what it isnt?
Must we seek Leisure in the few moments NOT filled by work, by school,
by some nebulous obligation?
NO, we cry, leaping from our
hammocks! We seek to put forth a new understanding of the essence of Leisure.
Leisure should fill your EVERY WAKING MOMENT! It shouldnt be a guilty
pleasure, sandwiched in between a crappy job and the news, it should be
a WAY OF LIFE. Leisure is not a slot on your schedule. Its not what
you do, its how you do it. And it is different for every person.
then, how do I go about being Leisurely?
Following the path of Leisure is a very personal thing. The height
of Leisure for one person may be completing quadratic equations, while
this same activity may be Leisure poison to someone else. There are, however,
a few simple guidelines that will help you to find your path:
- Get enough sleep. Dont
be afraid to take naps, to go to bed early, to catch up whenever you
need to. There are those who would have you believe that you are a lazy
slugabed for wanting to sleep. This is a myth created by the Man, who
is afraid that a nation of well-rested citizens will one day awaken
and refuse to play his game. Doze on!
- Embrace silliness. A sneering
twin to the notion that rest=bad is the idea that things that are silly
are not worth considering. We at the Agency believe that Leisurely folk
must take back this mistreated word, and use it in a positive light.
When someone calls you silly, say "Thank you!" Look for silliness
in places where it allegedly doesn't belong; you're sure to find it.
Then use the silly that you find to amuse yourself or enlighten others.
- Enjoy what you are doing.
If that means making fun of what you are doing, or even setting aside
the alleged goal of what you are doing, so be it. The idea that fun
and productivity cannot be combined is a dangerous illusion, encouraged
so that the average citizen will accept the inhumane levels of soulless
drudgery which typify modern life. But there is no need for this separation!
With a little creativity, you can put the spirit of Leisure back into
- If you have to turn off
your brain in order to stand an activity, beware! Its not Leisurely
to be a zombie, although it may be Leisurely to pretend to be one on
- Dont take on more
than you can handle. Its not Leisurely to worry about other tasks
or problems while working or playing at others. How can you enjoy yourself
if you arent even paying attention?
Watching TV is not always Leisure! In fact, many leisure
activities put forth by the powers that be are not particularly
Leisurely. Activities which prevent thinking are not Leisurely.
Remember to ask yourself while engaging in any activity:
- Am I having fun?
- Am I waiting for something
else to happen, instead of enjoying what is happening?
- Is my brain turned
3. Can I
become a Leisure Agent?
You may already be a Leisure Agent. The first step is to be Leisurely
yourself. Look at the above question about how to be Leisurely, and ask
yourself if this reflects your life pretty well. Then think about this:
a Leisure Agent must not only be Leisurely, but must actively help others
to become Leisurely. Do you contribute Leisure to those around you? Do
you help people turn their brains on and have some of the fun our world
has to offer?
4. No, but
I mean, how does one get one of those neato Agent
Please visit our Recruitment
is the Leisure Agency?
The Leisure Agency is in our hearts and minds, wherever someone refuses
to buy into all the nonsense spewed by the powers that be. Also it is
in Brookline, Massachusetts.
6. How does
one contact The Leisure Agency?
One writes to Agent Hilatron.
7. How can
I support The Leisure Agency?
There are a number of ways to help.
- Web help: You can contribute
content by telling us about news
and links that
are Leisure-related. You can submit
information on yourself and your projects and become an official
Leisure Agent. You can link to our website from your own.
- World help: You can tell
people about The Leisure Agency. You can contact Agent
Hilatron about producing and handing out flyers. You can contact
the Bili Rubin campaign
headquarters to learn about supporting the world's first Leisure
Party candidate for President.
- Money help: You can buy
products from Cafe
Press. You can make a donation to the Agency using the Paypal button
on the main page.
- Freestyle help: Contact
Agent Hilatron if you
have ideas of your own!
8. Are you
Commies, Anarchists, Libertarians, Liberals, or hippies?
Some of our members probably are. The Leisure Agency itself does not
subscribe to a particular movement. We are for Leisure first, Leisure
second, and Leisure last.
9. Are you
just a bunch of lazies?
Sometimes. Sometimes, on the other hand, we are very productive. It
depends on our personal paths. We do, however, insist that indulging in
the periodic bout of laziness is a healthy and good thing. We also believe
that each individual has his, her or its ideal balance of rest and activity,
and that there is no one standard that should be conformed to. A question
like this is just a symptom of the false ideology instilled in us by the
Man, which states that such things as rest, fun, and frivolous shenanigans
are somehow negative or less than vital needs.
burning question goes unanswered! How can I resolve this?
Please send your additional questions here.