Friday, July 11, 2014


"Flâneur" popped up, enticing as a morsel of cheese on a rat trap, in the newspaper yesterday.

What is enticing is its tapestry of meaning that varies from user to user:
The terms of flânerie date to the 16th or 17th century, denoting strolling, idling, often with the connotation of wasting time. But it was in the 19th century that a rich set of meanings and definitions surrounding the flâneur took shape.
So ... is a flâneur an idling dolt with too much time on his hands or a secret sage on the prowl? By this time, with copious essays to support the view, a more approving description has taken shape (no one wants to be called a Lazy Bones), but I prefer to keep at least one foot in the camp that suggests another idjit is on the loose.


  1. Somehow, pot smoking comes to mind, following the wind for no good reason. Maybe an adult should have more important things to do. But letting ones inner child follow butterfly's is alright with me.

  2. Hi Adam.

    Just read that you are experiencing the Dukkha health thing.

    We will sit for you and send some Metta your way.

    As the Buddha said, "It might not help, but it sure couldn't hurt".

    Gassho, Jundo