Translation from Horvat's book Besa ...
Commonly used words are often difficult to translate - Polynesian way of
thinking is different from ours. Loosely translated, Fiu means 'it
for change, got enough of everything, stuff it'. When Islanders are Fiu
nothing matters, there is no force that will move them, change their mind. Some
unexplained 'force' is telling them to quit, change, move from the current
state. As dreamers they are used to do only what they like to do. They can't
understand Westerners who are able to spend a lifetime doing something that is
boring, or something they don't like
doing. Fiu is irrational and has an immediate
effect. If someone is working on a project, say building a house, he/she will
just quit the job, at any stage, and follow the dream - even if it is just a day
or two before the pay-day, they simply don't care, Fiu is stronger than
any money, stronger than the obligation to complete the job! He/she will just
leave the job undone and go, ... go fishing, go surfing, go to visit a relative
for a couple of months or do anything else.
As such, Fiu is a state of mind that is not
really desirable in the capitalist, money-minded
culture! We are taught to SERVE! To serve the Family/ Company/ Nation/ Mankind
to the fullest! We are taught to work hard, to deliver, to produce .. to go all
the way to The End, to explore the limits of our patience, perseverance, ..until
'The System' squeezes the last atom of our energy. Until we are old, dry, broken
down! Islanders live 'here and now', and just like Buddhist monks, they possess Nothing and Everything!