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January 21, 2016

To Be A Bohemian

Some people are sometimes referred to as ‘bohemians’. The use of the word bohemian first appeared in the English language sometime during the nineteenth century. It was a word used to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors and it was sometimes, not always accurately, to describe the eccentrics among them. Bohemians were usually associated with unorthodox or anti-establishment social viewpoints, which often were expressed through a ‘different’ lifestyle. This lifestyle usually included necessary frugality, and in a few rare cases voluntary poverty. Often, the term is meant with a negative connotation but who is to judge whom? Many often live this way to free themselves from the pressures of society. Pressures that are convoluted, contrived, and counterproductive to living one’s life in bliss. Some people who follow the Dao might be seen as 'bohemians' because of their alternate views.