Boredom


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Boredom

See also Futility.
Aldegonde, Lord St.
bored nobleman, empty of pursuits. [Br. Lit.: Lothair]
Baudelaire, Charles
(1821–1867) French poet whose dissipated lifestyle led to inner despair. [Fr. Lit.: NCE, 248]
Bovary, Emma
housewife suffers from ennui. [Fr. Lit.: Madame Bovary]
Des Esseintes, Jean
in dissipation and isolation, develops morbid ennui. [Fr. Lit.: Against the Grain]
Harthouse, James
thorough gentleman, weary of everything. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Oblomov, Ilya
Russian landowner; embodiment of physical and mental sloth. [Russ. Lit.: Oblomov]
Povey, Constance Baines
uneventful thoughts, marriage best described as routine. [Br. Lit.: The Old Wives’ Tale, Magill I, 684–686]
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Only a few short decades ago, during the lost age of underparenting, grown-ups thought a certain amount of boredom was appropriate.
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Such gestures, Boredom demonstrates, have persisted in helping people reorganize the terms of life's disenfranchising engagements or, at the very least, recognize societal limits on individual and collective agency.
Research examining workplace boredom in service employees is critical because of the role these individuals play in building relationships with customers.
If existential boredom were in fact an affliction of this sort, would it not be the sort of thing we would expect to hear artists and writers decrying and lamenting to anyone who would listen, while the rest of the world ignored them and focused all the more intently on its pursuit of material advantage?
I had almost no breath at all, and even less energy, but all I could think was, 'I am dying of boredom here - literally dying."
Yet, in terms of parents' understanding that boredom can be a useful catalyst to stimulate a child to take action on their own behalf, the poll found 21% strongly agreeing with the statement, "It is good to let children be bored now and then."
Breaking into peals of laughter, it said, he "added that we should send them gifts once in a while to help break their boredom." //Petra//WH