A New Clawdie Award…

Today’s Clawdie award goes to a Ms. Judith Antonelli of Brookline, for her letter in today’s Globe. She is responding to an article called the ‘Joy of Boredom’, which talked about the constant electronic connectedness people commit, and the lack of simple quiet time people allow themselves.

“TO BE bored is to stop reacting to the external world, and to explore the internal one,” writes Carolyn Johnson. That’s the definition of boredom for an extrovert, which describes the kind of people Johnson discusses – those who are empty inside and so need constant external stimulation. This article was frightening. It would make the basis of a good futuristic horror novel, far surpassing “Brave New World” or “1984” in its view of what is becoming of humanity.

As an introvert who lives alone and loves it, who does not own a cellphone, and who considers reading a book to be the finest pleasure in life, I must say that I feel truly blessed. My definition of boredom would be having to be in a roomful of the type of people described in “The joy of boredom.”

The Lion shares her profound definition of boredom, and awards her a Clawdie. The Lion would also note that he has never owned a cellphone and is unlikely to do so, and therefore adds to Ms. Antonelli’s Clawdie the coveted Gummy Worm Cluster.

Congratulations, Ms. Antonelli! 

[The Fang & Claw Awards are given out on an irregular basis for comments deemed worthy by The Lion. Fangies go to bloggers, and Clawdies go to comments in the civilian media, such as newspapers, magazines, television, and the like. Other than that, the criteria for selection are completely arbitrary and depend entirely on The Lion’s mood, how well he slept, and how much coffee he has in his system.]

 

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4 Responses

  1. Grumpy said: The Lion shares her profound definition of boredom, and awards her a Clawdie. The Lion would also note that he has never owned a cellphone and is unlikely to do so, and therefore adds to Ms. Antonelli’s Clawdie the coveted Gummy Worm Cluster.

    Yes, but does it make you feel “BLESSED” like Ms. Antonelli?

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  2. Evo –

    You’re sounding a little peeved, Evo. You do realize that, not being a civilian, you aren’t eligible for the Clawdie, but only for a Fangie? 🙂

    I can certainly understand her feeling of being blessed by her own wise decision to forego the blessings of the electronic ether and all its human mavens. She’s obviously an incredibly intelligent human being, possibly approaching the same sphere of intelligence I inhabit, and of course which you and the other Lionites inhabit.

    The Lion has, we all understand, never been blessed, though he was baptized at Smoky Steve’s Episcopal in Providence when he was way too young to know better – three months, I think. In a metaphorical way, I am still spitting up.

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  3. Reminds me of the John Prine song: Spanish Pipedream

    Blow up your TV, throw away your paper
    Go to the country, build you a home
    Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
    Try an find Jesus on your own

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  4. SI –

    Except for the peaches and the Jesus, it sounds like a good idea.

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