I can totally understand your post. But, some people emotionally cannot cope with a life without a chiseled in stone schedule. Some cannot retire even when they have the means to do so. They live to work instead of working to live. Sad when your job is your whole identity and your life. I too enjoy my life and have literally no schedule. I sometimes have to keep a doctor's appointment but that is about the extent of my schedule.
If some well meaning but misguided person had asked me what my goal or schedule is I would have said to enjoy life, have fun, and be on a permanent vacation like the rich people. I just wonder why it is admired and promoted as the expected behavoir for a rich person to do absolutely nothing while normal working people are looked down on if they enjoy life. I for one am on permanent, unending, totally enjoyable vacation for the rest of my life. And I make no apologies to anyone for it. Five times I held up my right hand and swore to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. And the constitution I swore to uphold and defend gives all US citizens the right to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.
SPOT ON!! Andy, Your post today proves you and I share the same mentality overall more than we disagree about certain other issues. Being goal oriented is hard to shake off completely! Each of us maintain productive routines within our spontaneous lifestyles and KNOW we are way ahead of "the pack" or middleclass lifestyle. YOU SAID IT PERFECTLY "The goal is to be smarter than the machine, to work the least amount possible, and make the most amount of money. It does not take a genius to work 16 hours a day to make a fortune, the challenge in life is to work 2 hours per day."
I also agree fully, Andy. What would your advice be for people who, caught up in the ''machine", are looking to start beating it? How do you get started?