steve: This is an amazing thought. Greed keeps us from this ideal. Can you imagine the art that would happen if artists weren't concerned about where their next meal would come from or how they will provide for a family? I have a dream of a place where artists can work completely unshackled by thoughts of survival and focus singularly on their art. I want to live there.
Saying that, if you ever met me in person, I would likely lecture you on the virtues of work. And I believe that men should be "anxiously engaged" in a good cause but that doesn't mean it has to be a job they loathe just to feed their family. I think laziness is bad, but I don't think we would all devolve into couch dwelling monkeys if we didn't have to work to eat.