Highly repetitive tasks such as filing papers for hours on end can often cause boredom and ennui to set in, causing physical and mental fatigue. Many students feel an unbearable ennui during long boring class lectures or when waiting in long lines with nothing to do. To avoid ennui, you may want to take a book along to read when you know you’ll have a long wait with a lack of interesting things to do.
Quiz: Which of the following philosophers is warning against ennui?
- “Haste in every business brings failures.”—Herodotus
- “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”—Socrates
- “Boredom is the root of all evil.”—Soren Kierkegaard