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The Good Life - 05/02/2023 - River of sky

There is an enormous river of cool air that flows constantly above where we now live. The whole sky seems always in motion, flowing from the northwest to the southeast. Mid-sized patches of cloud drift along in this river like traffic on a freeway. And big—surprisingly quiet—jets fly by fast at low altitude from the airports nearby. There’s lightning sometimes, even without clouds. And such hues of blue! Moist air reflecting sealight all smeared with sky and grounded with the far away black of outer space. I like to sit on our concrete stoop in the evening before the open door, strumming and picking my father’s guitar while Yumiko makes dinner, watching the sky along with the dogs, making up words to songs I’ll only ever sing once, alive for a time beneath this river of cool ocean air flowing under such a broad and deep canopy of sky. These are good, recurring moments of welcome simplicity and peace. A treasure of time to remember and take with me when our time soon comes to leave.

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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