Mark Nesmith | Fidget
Oil on Canvas
Like many schools in America, we were invaded by fidget spinners. While there are a few kids who truly benefit from such devices, for the majority of our students they were just another distraction like any other toy. There are so many more useful ways to direct extra energy. I think one of the great failings of modern society is the idea that everyone needs to be entertained every minute of the day. Why is boredom so bad? Boredom and restless minds have led to some of the greatest discoveries, inventions, and art in human history. Gadgets are a temporary fix. Learning to focus on what’s necessary is an acquired skill, one that only gets better with practice. This little squirrel should be gathering nuts for winter, but with his attention on the spinner it could be a long, hungry cold spell for him.