There are times when we want to do nothing. But is doing nothing easy?
About a month ago, I came across an Indonesian blogger who posted a video of himself doing nothing for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
He did nothing except staring at the camera for the whole duration.
The video has 3.38 million views on YouTube. When I scrolled through the comments section, I found out that many viewers ended up counting the number of times the blogger blinked his eyes.
Interestingly, he said that he was inspired to record the video after many of his viewers requested him to post content that educated youth.
Now, a German university is offering ‘idleness grants’ worth 1600 euros to applicants who succeed in active inactivity.
The application form for the grants consists of only four questions:
1. What do you not want to do?
2. For how long do you not want to do it?
3. Why is it important not to do this thing in particular?
4. Why are you the right person not to do it?
“This scholarship programme is not a joke but an experiment with serious intentions – how can you turn a society that is structured around achievements and accomplishments on its head?” Von Borries, an architect and design theorist who came up with the programme, told The Guardian.
Do you think the video has “educational content for youth”?
What are your thoughts about the German university’s programme?
Do you think doing nothing is easy?