Leisure, the basis of culture

“But the Gods, taking pity on human beings – a race born to labor – gave them regularly recurring divine festivals, as a means of refreshment from their fatigue; they gave them the Muses, and Apollo and Dionysus as the leaders of the Muses, to the end that, after refreshing themselves in the company of the Gods, they might return to an upright posture.”

Plato

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