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The Good Life - 06/06/2023 - Life’s a stage

Parenthood now reminds me of the childhood years, in particular the school events where our kid was an actor in the play, participating somewhere up there on stage, amidst a crowd of little actors, hidden behind costumes and hats, and weaving and moving before contrived sets of feign storytelling. Back then, Yumiko and I would strain from our seats near the back of the room, bobbing our necks to get a glimpse of our daughter’s pretend life as the old woman in the play about Momotaro, or another singer in the annual school pageant. Now, things are different, yet the same. Emily is grown and beginning life on her own; only the stage now is the world and the actors are all of us. The costumes are still contrived, as is the script and every scene. And her mother and I are still at the back of the room, watching and straining to see, eager to witness our daughter’s life from afar, striving to catch glimpses and sightings of her up there on the stage, childhood’s practice and play now become something more real. Her own life story having now begun.

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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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