English Assignment Help - Challenge of Leisure
a. What do you believe the role of "leisure" is in contemporary society?
b. What do you feel the role of "leisure" is as related to your degree program (PRM/TDM/NLM/CSM)?
Originating from the Latin licere, modern dictionaries define leisure as “freedom fromoccupation, employment or engagement.” Leisure may mean different things to differentpeople – while some view leisure as freedom from work, others look upon leisure as a meansof social discipline. Still others argue that real leisure is sadly lacking in our society and more
of the same is the need of the day (Paragraph 2, page 3 of the text). Brightbill rightly co-
relates leisure with time, work and recreation. For a period of time to qualify as leisure, it
should be independent of the time spent by us on activities that we undertake compulsorily to
keep ourselves in working order – either for our personal bodily needs or to make us
economically independent. Hence leisure is time that is completely at our discretion to spend
as we wish – free of all encumbrances or compulsions of any kind. The author painstakingly
also makes the point that enforced free time, such as due to retirement or illness, cannot
qualify as leisure. (Paragraph 3 & 4 on page 4 and paragraph 1 on page 5) It is also true that
without work there can be no leisure – the two are closely intertwined. A natural outcome of
leisure is recreation – any activity that gives us pleasure in our leisure hours is recreation.
Indeed, those who use leisure as a means of mental enlightenment, reading and in enjoying
good company of friends can rightfully be said to be happy people. In today’s fast paced life,
leisure time has become a luxury for many people. But leisure is something none of us can do
without. Leisure activities serve to de-stress, rejuvenate and revitalize a person, enabling one
to tackle the pressures of work with renewed vigour. Recreational activities undertaken in our
leisure time help us in maintaining our physical and mental health, releasing work related
tensions and pressures and fill us with positive energy that is manifested in improved quality
of life. Industrialization and modern work methods have resulted in a culture of increased
workloads but more leisure too.