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seeing through boredom

“I think its important to get bored and just watch flies or observe what you are surrounded by”  (Director Thomas Balmes, commenting on his recent film that looks at how children are raised differently around the world, The Globe and Mail, April 26th, 2010)  Apparently we, in the developed world, overstimulate our kids, leaving little room for the development of observational skills.  By putting so much before our children’s eyes and lives, we ironically leave them more blind.  I think this is true.  We need the time and space that boredom affords in order to look and see more deeply.  There’s a deep connection between ‘nothing else to do’ and ‘wow, look at that!’