Dropping Out in the Land of the Red Dragon: China’s “Lie Down” Youth Culture Movement

Everything we’re told as kids encourages hard work — studying, learning an instrument, taking up a sport, performing well on SATs and on and on and on. Do something. Do more. Don’t rest, or it will be too late, they tell us. But what if our parents — and our society — encouraged doing less? What if it encouraged — at least occasionally — doing nothing at all? What if happiness was the goal, not the byproduct of your life? And what if slowing down, having less ambition, and prioritizing being where you are…