Postface Rhymed Reflections on Boredom

In: The Culture of Boredom
Author:
Francisco Cardoso Gomes de Matos
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Abstract

This preface consists of a series of Rhymed Reflections on the many dimensions of boredom. The author, who chose this original mode of expression to share his thoughts on a wide range of subjects—including pace, dignity, gender or equality, to name just a few—has created on this occasion some of these rhymes in which he explains his understanding of boredom to provoke the readers’ mind and action. He goes through boredom from a humanistic standpoint to review such a multifaceted phenomenon. According to the results of this exercise, not only is boredom psychological but social, political; it is at the same time scientific and spiritual, but overall communicative, creative, and educational. Boredom depends, to sum up, on many modern challenges that flow from economic, environmental, and globalizing processes and efforts.

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