Saturday, September 24, 2005

Dharma Bums

"See the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn't really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, at least fancy new cars, certain hair oils and deodorants and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures."

--Jack Kerouac remembering a drunken speech by Gary Snyder in 1955


At 12:20 AM, Blogger S.S.T. said...

Man I can't agree more. The world must get some sincerity soon. Some real appreciaton of life. The fundamental downfall of man is that there is no time to explore inner self. Which is in essence, as spiritual as it gets! We instead find false avenues of escape, and not very healthy ones. These choices of course affect every thing else. Compounded interest you might say. If a man can find utopia in himself he can find it in the world .


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