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The Good Life - 06/01/2023 - Candlelit years

We’ve new neighbors. A young family. There’s a small boy and a little white dog named Bunny. They radiate such energy and illumination! So full of young life and ambition. By contrast, Yumiko and I are dim, soft glowing bulbs, warm and gentle; candlelight really, flickering and so gladly faint. So gladly faint. Thank goodness those brighter days are done. Thank goodness the power’s been turned down. In the evening we slip out the garden gate with our dogs, barely glowing like Venus above the sea. Nobody sees us much now. We glide together along the streets of this town invisible to most, anonymous and becoming old. A plain man and woman and two dogs, set back from the fray and the fight and all that striving. Watching the bright, warm glowing folks and their ways we once knew. And we come home to our garden and our home and our peace. And close the blinds to shut out the harsh light from without. And our two candles glow softly within. Soft and quiet days at last. The brilliant years nearly done and gone.


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

#Stoic #Stoicism #StoicPhilosophy


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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