August 2nd 2012

“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution


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  1. #1 by Dauson Stimpson-Gagnon on August 3, 2012 - 5:09 am

    It is a thought provoking idea, I agree. For myself, it comes down to a matter of what are my needs emotionally, physically and even spiritually and what are my wants. Does what I want advance my physical, emotional and spiritual needs or are my needs sufficiently met by working for “my daily bread”, if you will.

  2. #2 by makeacrane on August 3, 2012 - 4:56 am

    This is interesting and supports my ideas about idling. But then there is also importance to the idea of a greater goal/purpose, which may not be achievable with this philosophy. But then again, there needs to be a merging of the just-go-live-life-approach and active engagement with life, which may not necessarily mean free time all the time…

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