The Puritan work ethic is prevalent in Western thought. Work, work, work. Laziness, by this way of thinking, is the enemy. Playing gives purpose to work, and work gives perspective to playing. Lao Tzu warned that anything excessive will lead to its excessive opposite. Thus, by preaching that everyone work excessively, the Puritan work ethic is actually creating laziness and excessive playing. People seek more and more exciting forms of play: All-night parties, Alcohol and the use of every drug known to mankind, promiscuous sex, Video games, Violent sports, etc. By detaching, you allow yourself to live in moderation.