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Abandoned Japan - Rewilding urban farm

While enjoying my evening walk just now I passed a house which is significant in my family’s history. About nine months before I went to America to interview (and be initially rejected) for an IT position in California, we’d applied to rent that pink-colored house in the middle of this photo. Emily, Yumiko and I were so excited about the house and we were even planning to adopt a dog if we got it. We didn’t get the house. Our application was rejected—and the three of us were very sad and disappointed.

Half a year later, when I got wind of a chance for us to return to America I jumped on it, and after the second try I landed an entry-level IT position which placed my hands on the bottom rungs of a professional ladder which I’ve been working hard to climb ever since. But, I know with 100% certainty that the incredibly challenging and interesting adventure of the past nine years in the USA would never have happened if we’d landed this house, as our roots then would have been set in Japan too deep to remove, and we’d have never left.

The Good Life Meditation is my daily recitation and reminder of personal objectives and principles used in pursuit of a purposeful life in spite of a universe of seeming indifference. Learn more about The Good Life at my website or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at:

OBJECTIVES: 1. Be Always Ready to Die 2. Make Good Use of Time and Resources 3. Develop Good and Sound Life Principles 4. Cultivate Good Emotional Reactions 5. Perform Good Actions 6. Recognize True Limits and Opportunity 7. One Thing Slowly

PRINCIPLES: 1. Principle of War 2. Principle of Reason 3. Homunculus 4. Anchorhold 5. Home of Good and Evil 6. Principle of Purpose 7. Atomic Principle 8. Principle of Nature 9. The Pirate Ride 10. Principle of Maturity 11. Social Principle

12. Principle of Family 13. Public Speaking 14. Temperance 15. Life Will Not Go Well 16. The Horror Show 17. That Which Must Be Borne 18. The Feast of Offal 19. Distraction 20. Agency and The Great Indifference 21. The Best Seat in the House 22. The Restless Man 23. The Path of Wildness 24. The Great Life Adventure 25. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 26. Sin and Damnation 27. Complete Oblivion 28. The Season of Philosophy

29. Scriptwriting 30. Bullseye Aim 31. The Uphill Climb 32. Arena and Utility 33. Nothing IS enough 34. The Principle of Fun


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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