A subtlety of the stopped clock analogy that’s often overlooked is that a stopped clock is right twice a day, but a clock that’s five minutes slow is wrong 100% of the time – yet in practice, the slow clock is a more effective timepiece than the stopped one. Being consistently wrong can be more useful than being inconsistently right!
A zoologist who observed gorillas in their native habitat was amazed by the uniformity of their life and their vast idleness. Hours and hours without doing anything. Was boredom unknown to them? This is indeed a question raised by a human, a busy ape.
Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end. For it ends, only to be replaced by fear, the cause of all activity. Inaction is divine; yet it is against inaction that man has rebelled.
Man alone, in nature, is incapable of enduring monotony, man alone wants something to happen at all costs — something, anything.... Thereby he shows himself unworthy of his ancestor: the need for novelty is the characteristic of an alienated gorilla.