sometimes, i just wanna sit under a tree for a few years, you know?

Now, take your country. (I don´t mean any criticism.) Here the social laws, the political formation, everything is made to facilitate man´s journey in this life. He may live very happily so long as he is on this earth. Look at your streets – how clean! Your beautiful cities! And in how many ways a man can make money! How many channels to get enjoyment in this life! But, if a man here should say, ´Now look here, I shall sit down under this tree and meditate; I don´t want to work,´ why, he would have to go to jail. See? There would be no chance for him at all. None. A man can live in this society only if he falls in line. He has to join this rush for the enjoyment of good in this life, or he dies.

– Swami Vivekananda (from An Unpublished Lecture, in Vedanta For The West.)

2 Responses to “sometimes, i just wanna sit under a tree for a few years, you know?”

  1.   bruce
    November 26th, 2008 | 9:32 pm

    welllllll, it’s true that in some societies people who would like to just sit under a tree and meditate are supported by alms, but on the other hand one could argue that we all ought to be responsible for feeding ourselves. Different cultures. How to judge whether one is better than the other? I guess if you =want= to do the tree-sit-meditate thing, then a culture that supports it is better.

  2.   Richard
    November 29th, 2008 | 6:02 pm

    Once when I was tripping I came to the realisation that one of the reasons drugs are illegal is similar to what you’ve mentioned here. A citizen is no longer a productive unit if he just wants to sit around tripping balls and having epiphanies which, let’s face it, is way more fun and interesting than working.