Last night, I had a weird dream about the future. In it, there were “boredom engineers” whose job it was to help people be bored, because there was so much to do and so much overstimulation.

One boredom engineer explained, “You can’t just sit and do nothing. Some people call that meditation. The trick is to do something, or watch something being done, that completely bores you, and that’s harder than it sounds these days.”

So I told them one of my long stories, and they hailed me as a god.