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In case you've not read much Wilde....

Bunbury was the imaginary friend of Algernon Moncrieff, the mischievous, carefree and sharp-witted bachelor from Oscar Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest."

When Algie wanted to escape his obligations in the city, he would invent ailments of Bunbury that needed his attention; then he would go 'bunburying.' Most of the adventures that Algie had while bunburying involved some measure of trouble-making. The adventures weren't entirely self-indulgent however; they were also a product of Algie's not wanting to be constrained by the dictates of society. Algernon Moncrieff is a quintessential character who lived life on his terms.

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Classic quote from Algernon:
"Well, one must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life. I happen to be serious about Bunburying."
-Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest

In other words~

Who would choose to have tea and crumpets with Lady Farquhar when instead you could escape to the country side?
"Bunburying" is about making choices on your terms and being engaged in your own life.
Engagement may include intellectual exchanges, spontaneous adventures, pranks, political activism, having a harmonica handy at all times, or spiritual development, to name a few. It also requires having loyal friends who will support you and challenge you.
C.G. Jung challenges us to live "authentically."

"I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose. Bunbury is perfectly invaluable."