Originally Posted by Fuuma
You're not going to "find yourself" by bumming around if you can't find yourself while you work.
And vice versa.
(Yet leading a more hermetic (e.g. secluded) and/or philosophical life gives one the opportunity to reflect upon oneself...to confront oneself is very scary for most people and that's why they love some form of work: it distracts them from themselves. It 'fulfills' them to the extent that they project themselves into it. Philosophy and all higher thought was born out of leisure.)
Fidelcashflow: I have never done any menial work but I just read Orwells 'Down and Out in Paris and London' where he- an Old Etonian- describes both buming and working...very interesting, although both don't seem to be very satisfactory. If you have money and leisure though, then it's another level (if you have some intelligence, education and a strong will that is).