^ The Peoples
the accumulation of material things, with a generous desire to bestow in charity and in good works all that is over and above his own needs. Such is the laziness of the Burman. It is reflected in all his life.
Put him on the river he loves, with a swift and angry current against him, and he is capable of superb effort. Turn his beautiful craft, enriched with exquisite carvings, down stream, with wind and tide in his favour, and and exult in the Nirvana of
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he will lie all day in the sun, complete idleness. And this is not because he is " a lazy hound," as I have heard him called, but because he is a philosopher and an artist ; because there is a blue sky above him which he can look at, a river before him