There were kites at the beach yesterday, enormous kites, down by the pier, soaring near, high and steady like great beasts swimming in a steady on-shore wind. It was a club of a sort, a kite-flying club. And the club members were scattered, attending to anything but their kites, which they’d released into the wind and tethered to the earth before going about whatever busyness kept their eyes and attention upon the ground. A man mistook me for a member as I gazed up at a thirty-foot squid swimming with churning tentacles five-stories above my head, tied to lifeguard tower two, no squid-keeper in sight. “What’s going on?” he asked me. Suddenly mute, I shook my head. “Are these yours he continued. “No.” I said—too befuddled from my good book and the monster above to regain the appropriate use of my tongue. The man wandered off, as did I, walking beneath more kites like beasts, and birds, and twirly things and a great eye like God floating above them all. I turned and went back up the beach the other way, my bad leg hurting, beginning to limp, returning to my good book, yet stopping from time to time to look back at the circus menagerie drifting in the sky—glad I hadn’t stayed home that day.
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 GoingAlone.org or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at: https://lnkd.in/gFgfGmY6
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.
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