The Church at Play

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - Počet stran: 184
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II SUPERVISED PLAY, A MODERN NECESSITY The Strain Of Modern Work The use of labor-saving machines. Specialization. The Intensity Op Modern Life Congestion of interests. Resulting nervous disorders. Artificialities in present-day living. The Back-to-nature Movement The popularity of camping, and other forms of out- door activity. But it seems very evident that not occupation, not work, but the things which are done when not working oftenest cause disorders of the mind and nerves. Hence it follows that as our labor leaders and legislators are gradually shortening the hours of work, and lengthening those available for recreation, it is most essential that wise provision be made for this leisure.?Charles L. Dana, M.D. CHAPTER II SUPERVISED PLAY, A MODERN NECESSITY The supervision of leisure-time activities has come to be a practical necessity. Neglect of this important function has cost the church and society the service of multitudes of useful members, The only way to prevent some people from becoming the victims of permanently injurious influences is to inspire and direct their recreational activities. THE STRAIN OF MODERN WORK In addition to the increase of surplus time, money, and energy, the conditions under which people are living and, especially, in which they do their work, suggest the need of ample provision for properly supervised recreation. The strain of modern work rests down upon narrower areas of mind and muscle than ever before. Periods of excessive strain and anxiety are frequently encountered. Living conditions are increasingly artificial and precarious. Power of relaxation commensurate with the power of concentration or sustained attention has come to be a necessary part of one's training for life under twentieth-century condition...

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