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The Good Life - 05/30/2023 - Afraid of the sea

Surgery today. I’m having a growing tumor removed from my abdomen, along with its friend, another bump growing nearby. This is the season of decline. So much of my body has begun to change. I told Yumiko yesterday how I’ve become afraid of the sea. I told her how I no longer go deep like I used to, but just stand in the shallows after my plunge, afraid of the currents and waves, and the stingrays. They scare me too. Likewise, I’m afraid to buy that farm at Hirayama. I’m afraid because that place too is the edge of a sea. A wilderness of solitude, and bears and boar and giant hornets too. The places softypapa once knew. That scares me a lot now. I’m no longer brave—or as stupid, maybe—like before. If we buy that house then that will be another edge of the sea. Waves and currents and deep. The tumor actually doesn’t bother me much. It’s the deep water of the sea and the wild that scares me more. Good thing I’ve already been there and back and I already know what’s not there to see. Yumiko told me my fear is a good thing. She’s right of course. There is, after all, much to fear.

#GoingAlone #RiskOfAvoidingRisk

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

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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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