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The Good Life - 11/08/2022 - A reaction engine

As a young man I reacted to the world in nearly thoughtless accord with expectation, attending college (poorly), working hard at my first jobs (with no aim but my next paycheck), and abiding whatever norms were prescribed by authors like Thoreau, Steinbeck and Abbey. Fortunately, those three men prescribed a course which eventually led me to Emerson, Seneca and Aurelius. The experience was a lot like starting out lost in a woods and discovering a thread-like trickling stream which led to a river and then an ocean of principled ideas and perspective grounded in empiricism, reason, truth and virtue. I swim in that sea now—daily in fact. And I see the boundary more clearly now which sensed indifference does prescribe. The Great Indifference. A vast backdrop of emptiness against which a well lived life appears like a small campfire of warmth huddled about with friends, just for an evening. Just for one night.

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. 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.


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