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☀️ The Good Life - 08/01/2023 - Growing distant

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Week by week I’m loosening the connections which bind and hold me to the great machine of contemporary society. This isn’t a deliberate effort. I just can’t seem to help it now. My life is becoming like that curious cinematic trick wherein the camera suddenly shifts, and the main character at once finds himself a hundred yards back from the crowd, observing from a distance while everyone else engages some challenging issue in muted, far away voices. This happened twice yesterday at work, during meetings which I was leading. I went on talking and taking notes, but from far away, further than where emotions could reach; peacefully typing and talking and smiling like the contented old man I have slowly become. If this experience is a side-effect of growing old, then blessed are the old. The Stoics might call this experience apathy—in the best sense of the word—and I think that is right. As this apathy is not disinterest, or lack of caring, but instead, is simply a more mature recognition—and acceptance—of what is, and what is not, under our control; and the fact that so very little is ever truly, really, under our control, besides the decisions we make relative to how we choose to act and respond to the world as it is happening around us now. With such apathy comes a comfortable buffer-like distance within a crowd, a quieter form of peace in the face of strife, and a calmer species of more deliberate action, guided of resolve, than could maybe not be mustered at any earlier or less mature season of life. I had no idea old age held such boon for those who are ready to become old—as such acceptance may be the curious, yet ironically very sweet, price of admission.


The Good Life Meditation serves as a daily compass, orienting me towards personal objectives and principles essential for a purposeful existence within an indifferent universe. Further your understanding of The Good Life by visiting my website,, or delve into my book Going Alone—hardcover recommended. Get a signed copy here. 📚✍️

🎯 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 🐢🧘‍♂️

8. Maintain Balance ⚖️

📜 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 0️⃣ 34. The Principle of Fun 🎉

35. Being Ready 🚀

🌄📚🚶‍♂️ Kurt Bell is a passionate explorer, dedicated family man, and author of books such as "Going Alone" and "No More Looking Out For Number One." Born in America in 1964, he integrates Stoic philosophy into his physical and philosophical journeys. Today's venture on The Path of Wildness embodies this harmonious blend of exploration and mindful living. While Kurt savors these moments and looks forward to future adventures, he remains ever prepared for life's end, ready to depart without a single backwards glance.

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