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The Good Life - 04/30/2023 - Stingray

I approached the screaming man and asked him simply, “stingray?” He nodded. My car was nearby and I offered to drive him home with his surfboard in the back. He thanked me and said his bicycle was close and that he could ride home. I asked if he knew to put his wounded limb into very hot water, which he did, while showing me an enormous half-inch flap of pale, blood-drained flesh atop his foot, covering a deep wound which was gushing blood and filled with venom designed by nature to deliver excruciating localized pain as well as long term systemic effects, including flesh necrosis. I understood the pain he was experiencing, having known it myself some years before and under very similar circumstances. Screaming was acceptable, to be expected. “You sure I can’t give you a ride?” I asked. “I’m good.” he said, as he climbed on his bike and rode off down Seventeenth Street towards home, screaming loudly in agony as his bloody foot pressed the pedal after leaving many bloody footprints on the pavement where he’d stood. I knew he’d be better when he got home and plunged his foot into a hot bath. And while descending the steps to the sand, I could still hear his screams growing fainter from a half block away.

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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