the one who does not try to accomplish anything.’
Would society be better if we stopped trying to accomplish? Fukuoka argues that “progress” and “accomplishment” has not driven much positive change in the modern world. Although GDP has grown, happiness hasn’t necessarily (or so he says).
I think I agree to a carefully qualified version of this argument. I don’t think accomplishments are always bad. The end of Jim Crow is an undeniable “accomplishment” for civil rights advocates. The end of Polio in many countries seems to be a pretty undeniable accomplishment for world health. But I do think that people driven solely by a desire to achieve a particular, pre-determined result often wreak unintentional havoc. The problem is not really with accomplishments themselves, but the act of trying to rack them up. Perhaps a better way to live is being driven by values, not things you want to accomplish?