The human story undergoes a dramatic plot twist a few thousand years ago. A nomadic lifestyle of Interbeing World Presence morphs into a sedentary lifestyle of a Separation Worldview.
The “agriculturalization” phase shift that William Irwin Thompson outlines in his model of cultural transformation eventually grows into Civilization, Industrialization, and where we are now.
Where we are now is inside the narrative depths of what Charles Eisenstein calls the Old Story.
“The world as we know it is built on a story. To be a change agent is, first, to disrupt the existing Story of the World, and second, to tell a new Story of the World so that those entering the space between stories have a place to go.”
Travel takes many forms and styles –from low-budget to luxury, short-term to no-end, solo wandering to group tours, and little planning to overbooked itinerary.
Meaningful Lostness works best for a vagabonding style of travel that skews toward an open time-frame and low-budget. Rolf Pott’s in his book Vagabonding describes it as such:
“Vagabonding is an attitude—a friendly interest in people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest, most vivid sense of the word. Vagabonding is not a lifestyle, nor is it a trend. It’s just an uncommon way of looking at life—a value adjustment from which action naturally follows. And, as much as anything, vagabonding is about time—our only real commodity—and how we choose to use it.”
In an earlier post we explored this idea of Meaningful Lostness, of allowing meaning to emerge within the dynamic tension between Structure and Spontaneity. In this post we will explore some ways to do it. For the sake of using capital letters and grand names, lets call it The Art of Purposeful Wandering.
This comprehensive narrative weaves together disparate strands of esoteric philosophy into something that lay folk can grok.
Black detours down the alleyways of esoterica, walking through the streets of Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Swedenborg, Egypt and more, to let the reader admire their unique form and structure before merging back onto the main road they all use. Continue reading →
Attention is a limited commodity — boring??! what’s next?
If you’ve been paying attention, attention is a limited commodity. Our short-term memories can only re-member so much. Simplifying the amount of members to re-member seems imperative if we want to live a more attentive life.
This means discipline. A very particular kind of discipline.
In the writings and lifestyle of “maverick social critic” Ivan Illich he uses the term Askesis to describe this discipline. But that word is old as shit and kind of pretentious, so why not use a far less respectable and far more entertaining word: Delusterfuck. Continue reading →
If life operates upon the principles of music, as Alan Watts suggests, then time is like a dance to that music. Although each person is unique in how they dance and how they perceive rhythm, there exists common patterns between people living in the same place and culture.
Time is something we wear; it’s something we act out. It’s always with us until we are not us anymore because the ol’ Fates have stopped by to end our hours.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote “not all those who wander are lost.”
This great line brings inspiration to countless wanderers trotting across the globe, including many nomadic 20-somethings seeking a poetic justification for meandering about life without a stable career. No worries, since this includes yours truly…
Look no further — I’ve got you covered! (alright look a bit further; specifically below, where the covering is done).
“You know, you can have a good life with a lot of time and a little money” he said taking a brief pause, “but you can’t have a good life with a lot of money and a little time.”
It’s the perfect end to a multi-hour conversation. After shelling out a few slips of fiat currency and tucking the used books under my arm, I walk into the autumn day which now seems a bit calmer as I walk a bit slower…
As you probably already know — depending upon who you are and what you know — there are planeloads of problems with this thing called “the educational system.” Some of if I explore in a previous post.
A lot of it has to do with the technical aspects of how it’s carried out and a lot of it has to do with the philosophical aspects of why it’s undertaken.
These problems are not new. Over 30,000 days (and a similar amount of moons) ago, the polymath ahead-of-the-game thinker Alfred North Whitehead gave a bunch of lectures that were collected into a book named The Aims of Education.
In it he, as you might have guessed, works out the aims of education.