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Up at six as usual

and then I read this article...Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Book extract: How To Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

I wonder if that hard-working American rationalist and agent of industry Benjamin Franklin knew how much misery he would cause in the world when, back in 1757, high on puritanical zeal, he popularised and promoted the trite and patently untrue aphorism "early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise"?
It is a sad fact that from early childhood we are tyrannised by the moral myth that it is right, proper and good to leap out of bed the moment we wake in order to set about some useful work as quickly and cheerfully as possible.

Bastard, he makes sloth and idleness sound attractive in the rest of the article...


"The early worm deserves the bird." - Lazarus Long

Ben Franklin was about as far from a Puritan as a man could get, but aside from that I have always savored the reply George Washington gave when asked to comment on the saying, " Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

"I can't see it," Washington said.

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