They also serve who only stand and waite.
Milton gets made fun of for this line, but he’s not saying God wants us to just sit around. Instead, he’s trying to blur the line between activity and passivity (and, in other works, between production and consumption)
As a recent New Yorker article on early adopters put it: “They also serve who only shop and buy”
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