Ciao a tutti!
As I was born and raised in Italy, I thought it might be interesting for you if I help you understand the Italian way of thinking which is always one of the hardest things to grasp for someone who comes from abroad. Some things may seem rather obvious, but in reality we can be quite complicated.
Today I wanted to focus on the so-called “dolce far niente” (the sweetness of doing nothing), which I think is one of the most misunderstood principles. It’s always automatically interpreted as laziness, but it is not. Romans believed in the importance of otium (idleness), which had not a negative connotation, but a positive one. Otium was seen as free time to be employed to recharge oneself and for “creative thinking”. So no, il dolce far niente is not a passive condition, but an active one. Nowadays we always look at Eastern cultures in search of ways to practice mindfulness, fight stress and feed our creative mind, but in reality we already had our own “method” in our Western culture.
I hope my explanation is clear enough It would be interesting to hear what you think about Italian mentality and way of living; if you have questions and you want the perspective of the insider, just ask away