Bite-Size Chat: Procrastination

Definition: Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks. So, whether you refer to it as procrastination or akrasia or something else, it is the force that prevents you from following through on what you set out to do.

Characters From the book: The Alchemist

I have selected a character ( The Englishman) from the above-mentioned book ( The Alchemist by Paulo )  which I read a while back and would sometimes observe the characteristics of the many characters in the book with self and people around me. The Englishman reminds me of a few people who quest for knowledge but lack the self-motivation and discipline to act on it. 


True wisdom comes from experience, which one must earn through action.

The Englishman is a well-educated and ambitious aspiring alchemist. He is adventurous enough to join a caravan in search of the alchemist, but is rather anti-social. He prefers to read his large collection of books rather than interact with others or take interest in his surroundings. Because the Englishman and Santiago share a commitment to pursuing their Personal Legends, they quickly become friends. The Englishman, however, also challenges Santiago with his intellectual, knowledge-focused approach to life. He teaches Santiago the value of book learning and introduces him to important concepts in alchemy, such as the Master Work. But he must also learn from Santiago the importance of experience and friendship.

Even though knowledge gained from books can be useful, one should not rely on it solely and unconditionally.

Because the Englishman focuses too much on his books, the alchemist believes he has not reached the point in his personal development that would allow him to be the alchemist’s protégé. Using the Englishman as its example, the novel suggests that even though knowledge gained from books can be useful, one should not rely on it solely and unconditionally. True wisdom comes from experience, which one must earn through action.

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