"See the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanders, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn't really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, Cars, at least new fancy cars, certain hair oils and deodorants and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures... This is the wheel I'm a turnin, this is the reason I be: Mind is the Maker, for no reason at all, for all this creation, created to fall!" - Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Note: Quote from Japhy Ryder's monologue on the power of backpacking. Kerouac's character Japhy Ryder was inspired by legendary poet and mountain man Gary Snyder.