The introspective life is the path to your privately owned Shangri-La which strangely is free to all men, rich and poor.
Zen and the Art of Traveling to Intellectual Paradise
“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books—what other men do not say in whole books.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
I once thought my ambition in life was drive a stake so far into the ground, that no human force could uproot me, a homestead, and benchmark, a place impenetrable by mere men. During middle life I strive to earn enough money to buy my way into paradise, where I would own a great estate, with loving friends, family, and people would grant me respect. In a leap of faith, I pulled the stake out of the ground, and withdrew from the competition with my fellow man; there would always be someone with a house bigger than mine. It is possible to find paradise, a Shangri-La, a place of contentment, where harmony with the world exists. This Shangri-La can be found inside ones own mind, what could not be captured, what could not be purchased, when one realizes no amount of work is sufficient to take us there, when we surrender, we win.
On a clear day, I can see forever, without shame, without fear, I refuse to accept all your goals in life, these addictions that would tether my existence to a mundane and petty life.
And, just in case God exist, I will hedge my bets, and say Thanksto God, no point in tempting fate.
Upon leaving will you please hang this sign on the door?
"Weaving Spiders Come Not Here"
Andy Graham on the other side…
By the way Gregory, I borrowed with no shame your quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, the story of simplicity, not complexity, in a mad world.
“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”
― Albert Einstein
I hereby grant all my friends, family and partners in crime the right to deny they know me, and claim then know me after I die.
I have not forgot you, in memory of Steve Alfeder, a Jewish boy from Great Neck New York, who had a talent of making me, a farm boy feel under-educated, and yet his equal, who lost the plot and went missing.
If you are still alive, the old RP and P is still a movement.
(Something do with Pirates.)
Andy Graham in Kara, Togo West Africa April 6, 2013