23 December 2011

Social Frivolity

Philip Larkin, Letters to Monica (London: Faber and Faber, 2010), p. 83:
Seriously I think it is a grave fault in life that so much time is wasted in social matters, because it not only takes up time when you might be doing individual private things, but it prevents you from storing up the psychic energy that can be used to create art or whatever it is. 
It's terrible the way we scotch silence and solitude at every turn, quite suicidal. I can't see how to avoid it without being very rich or very unpopular and it does worry me, for time is slipping by, and nothing is done. It isn't as if anything was gained by this social frivolity. It isn't: it's just a waste.