Sometimes it seems like all is movement: a maelstrom of obligations, work and opportunity. The constant, powerful flow of life can feel invigorating but exhausting too. Work follows us home, and free time fills with domestic responsibilities, social commitments, fitness goals and keeping up with the rush of information. Rest becomes an indulgent waste of precious time. Seventy years ago, the philosopher Josef Pieper argued that we have developed a “prejudice that comes from overvaluing the sphere of work.” This prejudice has clouded our sense for the value of leisure, which for other cultures and other times, he says, “is the center point about which everything revolves.” Our prejudice has only increased as it has become easier to work whenever and wherever we want. Late 20th-century technologies have made us more efficient but haven’t freed up This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Fashion Issue 19 The Heat of the Moment Wide eyes, tense muscles, goose-bumped skin and sweat-dotted brows. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots.