“The Devil Makes Work For Idle Hands”
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop” :
an interesting piece of social engineering
to induce guilt.
When we are doing nothing,
we have time to contemplate the truth of our existence –
and we won’t want to better our betters!
The word ‘idle’ means empty and useless. The devil (‘ingenious’ mind) wants us to be productive for its purposes, not ours. The wisdom of resting in our pure state of consciousness is useless to ‘ingenious’ minds as they cannot gain anything from us. We know what we need, and we know what we don’t need.
Our problem is that we have become so dependent on ‘ingenious’ minds that we forget that we are free, autonomous beings.
In the 4th century, the theologian Jerome expressed the idea that the devil finds work for idle hands: “If people don’t have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.”
Sloth is one of the seven capital sins in Christian teachings, but whether it’s a ‘sin’ or not depends on whether we are viewing it from a material or spiritual perspective. ‘Sin’ is merely a mistaken understanding, from an ultimate point of view.
To the dogma of a devil mind, realising and resting in our reality of pure consciousness may be seen as the cause of “trouble and criminality”, as a genuinely peaceful mind cannot be disturbed. 😀
Simply put, enjoy your own eureka moments of genius!
Idle: Old English īdel ‘empty, useless’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch ijdel ‘vain, frivolous, useless’ and German eitel ‘bare, worthless’.
Genius: late Middle English: from Latin, ‘attendant spirit present from one’s birth; innate ability or inclination’