Johnny Cash said this about the line from Folsom Prison Blues: “And I thought about what was the most evil thing a man, evil reason a man could do for killin’ somebody. And I figured, just to watch him die, you know, might be a pretty evil reason.”


One of three juveniles arrested by police is said to have confessed to a murder with these words: “We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.”

Being bored to death, literally, is the terminus ad quem of nihilism.