What is your interpretation of the phrase, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." Please give
creative, analytical, and detailed answers.
I think it's because if we have nothing to do but think, then we're eventually going to overthink things and generally this leads to a negative thought process whereby we question our decisions and put ourselves down. So to me it's saying that we become our own worst enemy by allowing our mind to become idle.
For me it means if you don't have a purpose or focus then you're more likely to be "open to doing anything" that is "suggested" or may come along. Just "hanging out" with a group can lead to trouble.
Other people will be glad to think for you if you allow them to!
My grandfather always taught me that this pertained to boredom. Especially is children. If you are bored, you are like an inquisitive, curious cat and that, as we all know, leads to trouble.
Apparently, according to superstition, the devil is constantly on the lookout for bored minds. He wants to give these people some mischief to get into. Eve was bored and strolling around the garden of Eden and she ran into the devil who taught her to try new things. Like, "try this juicy fruit, you'll love it!" Eve was tired of idly ingesting all of the other food around, so she jumped at the idea of trying something new and "naughty".
Cats are like that too. They idle around all day, sleeping 18 out of 24 hours, then the devil just gets into them and they try walking across my keyboard or jumping into empty boxes and such. They are up to no good, I tell ya.
When kids have no useful work to do and aren't sent to study, they start looking for fun things to do that may be dangerous or destructive.
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