There is a trend in our culture to be proud of how busy one is – and this approach to busyness isn’t a good attitude. Instead, we should look to SÃ¸ren Kierkegaard the Danish existentialist who advocates for reflection on what one is doing and not how much one is doing. This can be hard in a world in which people are prideful of not taking vacation time.
You can begin positive change in your life today – just take a few minutes and think about what really matters.
Stephen Evans, a philosophy professor at Baylor University, explains that Kierkegaard saw busyness as a means of distracting oneself from truly important questions, such as who you are and what life is for. Busy people â€œfill up their time, always find things to do,â€ but they have no principle guiding their life. â€œEverything is important but nothing is important,â€ he adds.
Without answering crucial and terrifying questions about life, without deciding on a unified purpose, Kierkegaard believed that one could not develop a self. He called those with without one unified purpose â€œdouble minded,â€ and argued that this mindset causes busyness.