The Problem With Hippies Posted byKit StolzJanuary 8, 2008Posted inthinking out loud "It’s a fine line between inner peace and laziness." Emily Levett (my daughter, said this evening) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related Published by Kit Stolz I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County. View more posts
4 thoughts on “The Problem With Hippies”
Is there something wrong with laziness?
Here is Taiwan, hippies are called “sheeppeez” in Chinese…
Jon challenges Emily’s underlying premise (hard work is good) with a fair question. And it’s true, I’m sure all of us have had moments when we wondered if work itself wasn’t really a waste of time — why not just enjoy life?
But I think the people we admire in the long run are those who do something in this world. Be they hippies or not. I know there are some saints and mystics who don’t work, exactly, but even Gandhi got a lot done. And I think when we look back at the hippie movement, the people we remember are the hard workers — Dale Chihuly, Neil Young, Alice Waters — not to mention countless craftspeople who might not be as famous.
Maybe work isn’t everything, but it’s not nothing. Self-enjoyment is pretty much nothing for anyone else but the enjoyer.