Some of my heroes are hard core slackers. Mr. Buddha, for instance, raised slacking off to its highest potential, and inspired millions to wander around with begging bowls and then sit still staring at the dirt.
After Dr. Richard Alpert dropped Acid and met his Guru in India, he felt compelled to drop out of the establishment. Thousands of hippies were inspired to be here now, tuned in, turned on, and dropped out.
Thoreau slacked at Walden Pond.
Jack Kerouac, like Walt Whitman before him, loved the hobo spirit; the outcast wanderer who preferred the life of poverty-stricken freedom to that of the stressed-out corporate wage slave. As one hobo explained to Kerouac in a Los Angeles freight yard: “I’d rather hop freights around the country and cook my food out of tin cans over a wood fire than be rich and have a home or work. I’m satisfied.”
In grade school we were led to believe that the future held personal robots that would do all our chores, slackening the lasso of time. Productivity did increase each year, yet the working class continues to work longer hours. The extra labour and productivity is channelled into income disparity, instead of into more free time.
Quotes by famous slackers:
Never put off til tomorow what can be put off til the day after tomorow. – Rob Sweatman
I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun. – Thomas Edison
If you’re afraid of being grabbed by God, don’t look at a wall. Definitely don’t sit still. – Jiyu Kennett
Teach us to care and not to care. Teach us to sit still. — T.S. Eliot
Some of us need to discover that we will not begin to live more fully until we have the courage to do and see and taste and experience much less than usual … And for a man who has let himself be drawn completely out of himself by his activity, nothing is more difficult than to sit still and rest, doing nothing at all. The very act of resting is the hardest and most courageous act he can perform. –Thomas Merton