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The Good Life - 12/08/2022 - We are gritty *

I’m tuning into the mark this morning. This happens sometimes, just like the hard days happen sometimes, when we duke it out through difficulty or glide like a bird on better days like today. Nothing is more sure than these cycles of up and down days; which, as Emerson said, tend to “resolve themselves to the average tendency.” There’s the true mark and goal: to lift that ”average tendency” by slight degrees into something better each year than the year before. Not happier, necessarily—though that’s nice, too—but better, where better is an improved alignment between what we value and what we do and produce by way of our living. There’s the truer mark. And that’s what I’m striving to achieve today, which feels higher and better than my usual “average tendency.”

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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