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Long Live the Nap!

Next time you hear a French intellectual and you feel yourself nodding off, just realize that he/she may actually be boring you for your own good.

French intellectuals have taken up a new cause, which they describe as a defining issue for modern society: calling for more sleep. Philosophers, authors and scientists have joined forces to campaign for the right to nod off, arguing that tiredness is one of the greatest threats to the developed world, particularly France.

The French have never even referred to terrorism in such terms. Which means that they would probably consider Al Qaeda a more serious threat if they pledged to play loud music all night. So who is to blame for this problem?

The intellectuals blame the problem on the spread of an Anglo-Saxon work-hard, play-hard culture, which leaves people too stressed to sleep, even when they try.

But of course. Like we didn’t see that coming. And don’t think that sleep is just a pleasurable thing; it can also serve a great purpose.

Some of the more radical French thinkers describe sleep as a revolutionary activity that should be used as a weapon against the evils of capitalism. Instead of striking, workers should take a nap, they say. “It’s very subversive behaviour when speed, efficiency and profitability are held up as shining values,” said Catherine Laroze, the author of The Art of Doing Nothing.

With thinking like this, no wonder France is the world power that it is today. Update: Perhaps the English (of all people) can help the French.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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