“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” “If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.” Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau makes two insightful quotes in the aforementioned paragraph. No two people are the same, but Society wants compliance and obedience in all its citizens. Society wants everyone to hear the same drummer. That makes things more efficient, and the “machine” is well oiled and efficient. But that does not necessarily make a “happy society”.
In the second quote, Thoreau points out that the appreciation of nature or anything in front of you and sitting still and enjoying it should not be considered a “lacking” or “lazy” characteristic. But in our Society everything is about money. If someone spends less time in the office and spends much of his nature say in Nature and appreciating its beauty, people may come across him and label him as a lazy man, a bum, or the like. But if he is reckless and chops down an entire forest, he is unequivocally labeled as a great citizen, even though he is destroying so much beauty in his pursuit to gain his own fortune.