Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Chapter 64 - Hardly A Day Off: Part 1 - Introduction

Korzybski: A Biography (Free Online Edition)
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Korzybski took hardly a day off; then only, it seems, when forced by exhaustion or illness. He was mainly speaking for himself, when he told Ken Keyes in 1947, “We just work and work and work. No rest for the wicked, Saturday or Sunday.”

...We have some years ago discovered that once a week we simply have to take one day off completely. Simply we are dull the next week, and unfortunately as far as I am concerned, it turns out that I never have a Saturday or Sunday. When the weekend comes, then I have to start on something else to work, but occasionally I am just dead. Naturally. (1) 
Such devotion to work in his later years was not anything new, of course. From his childhood on the farm at Rudnik when he was told “Alfred, do it!”, he had always devoted himself with extra measure to whatever task he had set before him. In his final years he continued to push himself as hard as ever, though age had perhaps mellowed his intensity.

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1. Korzybski 1947, pp. 420-421.

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