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The Good Life - 11/17/2022 - The man who almost died *

I saw a man almost die yesterday. It was after my ocean swim, and there was not a thing I could do to stop it. He survived. Not like the woman I watched die three years ago under the exact circumstance. Death is sneaky that way. Always leering over our left shoulder. After yesterday’s event, I thought a lot about what, if anything, I could have done to prevent that man’s near death. Not a damn thing it seems. The best I could do then, as ever, is to become and remain a compassionate man in every moment, a man of action within the scope of my reach, and a sober man of reason; calmly acknowledging my own death’s nearness at hand and proclivity to pounce unexpected. I imagine that man who almost died yesterday was awake, like me, this morning in the pre-dawn hours thinking similar thoughts. Close calls with the end do that sometimes.

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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