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The Good Life - 03/31/2023 - Suddenly grown *

Emily dropped by last night. She brought with her the bright and optimistic energy and bustle of university life. Positivity simply flowed out of her like radiance from a lamp—everything good and possible, and not a single problem or fuss which cannot be overcome. I remember being like that myself once and at the same age, and I remember also the moment when that stopped, or changed rather, into something else. It was the morning at age twenty-two when I found a freshly dead nearly naked fellow student lying broken on a beach. I crystallized into something else then—innocence vanished and dissapeared. Maybe that’s what happens when young people go to war and come back all grown and something gone.

Others have described to me similar moments of their own sudden life change, when the adult precipitates out of the youth and carries on as someone new. The change can seemingly be sudden or by degree, though I wonder if it can not happen at all?


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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