Updated: Nov 23
I couldn’t sleep last night. Up, tossing and turning and worrying over things which I may not even be able to recall in a year. I keep telling myself and Yumiko that things will be less difficult after we “escape” back to Japan. Though that isn’t true. There’s always something. However, Stoic insight offers some relief in the perspective and remembrance of what is and what is not within our control. Turns out very little is. Mostly, we’re bit players in a much larger drama which began 13.8 billion years ago and will continue for many, many billions of years more. Apathy, applied in measured doses to the vast machinations of the cosmos renders our control and import to the tiniest, ephemeral dust motes floating just now before a warm ray of sunlight. Still, I worry. And I can’t sleep. And I know that Japan won’t fix that. Though improving my skills as a Stoic just might help.
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 GoingAlone.org or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at: https://lnkd.in/gFgfGmY6
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. Public Speaking 13. Temperance 14. Life Will Not Go Well 15. The Horror Show 16. That Which Must Be Borne 17. The Feast of Offal 18. Distraction 19. Agency and The Great Indifference 20. The Best Seat in the House 21. The Restless Man 22. The Path of Wildness 23. The Great Life Adventure 24. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 25. Sin and Damnation 26. Complete Oblivion 27. The Season of Philosophy 28. Bullseye Aim 29. The Uphill Climb 30. Arena and Utility 31. Nothing IS enough 32. 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.