I think one of the reasons many of us feel like we’re wasting our lives and devoting ourselves to futile things is because we are actually wasting our lives and devoting ourselves to futile things. Many of the things we do for recreation we don’t even enjoy anymore. Take television for example. Many people will sit in front of it for four hours a day. In doing so they lose whatever opportunities that lay in those four hours. For what? Most people don’t even enjoy it. That is, we have an urge to watch it, but in watching it we don’t actually get pleasure out of it.
Hobbies are good, I think, but we should pick them carefully. If we’re not careful with how we spend our free time I think we will end up doing neither what we should nor what we enjoy. But we could very well be doing both.