Jack Kerouac: Dharma, Zen, and Freedom

“I see a generation of Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they 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 new fancy 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… Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason… and also by strange unexpected acts giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody.” – Jack Kerouac

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