Student or Learner
1. Does "detract from" mean "damage" or "diminish"?
2, "have each hour of the day accounted for" sounds awkward to me. Isn't "plan each hour of the day" better?
3. By "leave time for spontaneous behavior", the writer must have meant "performing sponteneous behavior in rituals not outside of them", right? But at gym, where you have to do routine exercise, it will be hardly possible to be creative. I don't think his idea is hundred percent correct.
st30)People are sometimes resistant to the idea of introducing rituals because they believe that ritualistic behavior may detract from spontaneity or creativity - especially when it comes to interpersonal rituals such as a regular date with one's spouse, or artistic rituals such as painting. However, if we do not ritualize activities - whether working out in the gym, spending time with our family, or reading for pleasure- we often don't get to them, and rather than being spontaenous, we become reactive (to others' demands on our time and energy). In an overall structured, ritualized life, we certainly don't need to have each hour of the day accounted for and can thus leave time for spontaneous behavior, more importantly, we can integrate spontaneity into a ritual, as, for example, deciding spontaneously where we can go on the ritualized date...
Sorry for too many questions. I think you agreed with 2 and 3, but what about 1?