Useful pleasures

Sometimes when we talk about the importance of being useful in your networks, in attention markets, people add “or you can be entertaining…”.

I blame the Puritan, protestant streak in our psyche for that. Something that connects utility with functional, work-like stuff. And sees entertainment as other, as a pleasure, and pleasure a somehow being separate from being useful to us. like at some level all pleasures are guilty ones.

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Thanks to Curtis for showing a nice Charles Eames quote that reminds us to question thought habits like that.

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