Fjaka the art on non-doing

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Dalmatian people are very often regarded as lazy, one standup comedian once said that Dalmatian people invented Klapa (Accapella) singing because we were too lazy to play any instruments. But if you look at the landscapes of Dalmatia, you will see that with a huge amount of effort Dalmatian people managed to create fertile ground in the harshest and most hostile environment. Wherever you lay your eyes you see terraces and dry stone walls. The amount of labor necessary to build them all is tremendous even if that labor is stretched through many centuries. With that amount of work, laziness is out of the question. If laziness is out of the question than what gave us a bad reputation? The answer is fjaka; fjaka is a state of existence that is to be blamed for our bad reputation.
The story goes; two men from Dalmatia were lying under the fig tree on a hot August day. Sun was burning and heath of midday was intolerable. While they were lying under the tree, one of them spotted a few ripe figs right above his head and he said oh if only one of those figs would fall into my mouth. The other guy replied don't be crazy you would have to chew it then. This story is a great example of fjaka, in this state of non-doing even chewing tasty fig sounds like too much of an effort. Fjaka is a state of mind where one seeks to do nothing, you might say it is like Nirvana but while it takes a lifetime of meditation to achieve such state of mind elsewhere, here in Dalmatia it is natural gift ingrained in our genes.
When we work we work, but when we rest breathing is a maximum effort that can be expected. If you spend some time in Dalmatia you will be able to experience a taste of this state of mind, who knows you might like it?

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