"Creativity and boredom aren't happy bedfellows. The eponymous
narrator of Kiddar's Luck, a novel by the great but sadly forgotten
Geordie writer, Jack Common, asserted that going to school had
taught him one essential faculty, 'with which every school
infallibly endows its pupils, that of being bored. It is important,
of course, that every child should in the course of time become
fitted up with this negative capability. If they didn't have it,
they would never put up with the jobs they are going to get, most
of them, on leaving school. Boredom, or the ability to endure it,
is the hub on which the whole universe of work turns.'
"We don't have to agree with every facet of this sentiment to
recognise that too many employers deprive their employees of the
ability to take the initiative and make creative decisions, and
that the end result can often be a sullen or careless workforce
that does just what it has to to make ends meet..."
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