The modern Slacker isn’t lazy or making a political statement when he decides not to work for (a large company)....no, he or she has simply realized that as all systems of production become more efficient, he/she would rather profit directly from those efficiencies. The modern Slacker would rather be an owner than be a laborer.
New Slacker Values It’s pretty simple really, we choose:
- Time over money and acquisition.
- Friends and family over career status.
- Financial freedom over debt.
- Intrinsic motivation over group thinking.
It’s really easy to say that you are not as materialistic as your neighbors, but it's a much different thing to live a minimalist lifestyle—one with few possessions. You can say that your family is more important than your job, but actually sacrificing work opportunities to raise your children full-time is a whole different thing. People will tell you that they don’t believe in living with debt, but those same folks carry car payments or credit card debt. And anyone can tell you that they follow their heart, but then live the exact same lifestyle that their family and friends do. The proof is in action, not talk.
If you live by a strict schedule and firm plan, you aren’t free anymore—you start answering to, “the plan.” If you can’t learn to make it up as you go along, you’ve just traded your job and your mortgage for a new set of self-imposed obligations. That’s not freedom.
Too many people don’t work hard to fulfill a particular purpose, but rather to escape a sense of purposelessness—the working and consuming itself becomes the purpose.
Live on the Margin