Vacations were once the prerogative of the privileged few, even as late as the nineteenth century. Now they are considered the right of all, except for such unfortunate masses as in China, for whom life, except for sleep and brief periods of rest, is uninterrupted toil.
They are more necessary now than before because the average life is well rounded and has become increasingly departmentalised. The idea of vacations. As we conceive it must be incomprehensible to primitive peoples. Rest of some kind has of course always been a part of the rhythm of human life. But earlier ages did not find it necessary to organize it in the way that modern man has done. Holidays, feast days, were sufficient.
With modern man’s increasing tensions, with the useless quality of so much of his work. This break in the year’s routine became steadily more necessary. Vocations became necessary for the purpose of renewal and repair.
When we visited the volcano it was in a state of 1 We stood near tip of the 2 on an irregular plane. It was heaped 3 stones and cinders and 4 rooks which had been regularly 5 out from the olcano.
During the volcanic eruption, large quantities of rocks and stones were hurled out from the summit in terrible 6. From the summit volumes 7 smoke and fountains of liquid fire 8 forth continuously. The smoke now white, now impenetrably black was 9 by a deep fiery roar. Stones 10 down and the molten lava moved on with a horrible sound.
“Science cannot reduce the magic of a sunset to arithmetic, nor can it express friendship with a formula” observed the eminent medical researcher, Dr. Lous Orr. He added, “also beyond Science’s mastery of nature are love and laughter, pain and loneliness and insights into truth and beauty”. This distancing of science from the human condition perhaps explains why most foreign tourists visiting Britain flock predictably to see the hallowed homes of playwrights, writers and poets, but choose to ignore the habitations where its eminent scientists lived and worked.