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"The way forward is exactly the chaos with which I got here." _2017

The world congratulates those who are most authentically and completely themselves.

"I live a lot of my life riding around on the ethereal winds of imagination." _2017

It's all a journey through insanity to an inevitable end point of insanity.

Soul chow | Maybe the drive for soul rampaging with the other people, the mischievous darlings, is inspired by contrast. I thirsted for it like I'd been stuck in a desert.

Is flow the only truth?
Beauty, nature, sex,

Two forms of "lost"
The joyous meanderings associated with wander, wonder, adventure, creativity, and flexibility.
The gloom-drenched directionless, passionless dead space associated with depression.

Ethereality the enabler
Recharged to charge.

Wood, paper, leather, metal, canvas, cotton, wool, ink, glass

Surround me, drown me.

I find art beautiful when there is no perceivable ego, like how cinema must suspend disbelief.

"The opposite of loneliness is not togetherness, its intimacy." _Richard Bach

"There is no true joy and compassion except through difficult emotions - all we get without the experience of fear, anger, and sadness are cheap imitations of joy and compassion - pleasantness and sentimentality." _Gabrielle Roth

Lost: is everything

Especially most of my record of Burning Man this year.
"Be at one with the dust of the earth. This is primal union." _Lao Tzu

I had one solid re-affirmation that the best art at burning man is the underground interactivity of humanity. All media regarding Burning Man misses the essence of experience.
And for the creators out there, Burning Man offers a way to create without adhering to your image or name of default. Freedom.

I spent more time this year getting tight with the Ten Principles. Especially understanding how self-reliance fits into my story, particularly emotional self-reliance. I did plenty of immediacy as always. These past few months have helped me identify debt-relationships in life, and generally, try to avoid them. I notice that a gift must require no hidden agenda, and that I appreciate gift-heavy community. Radical self-reliance is requisite to entering this space.

These principles have become somewhat of an expectation I have developed for the people surrounding me. I struggle with the duality of keeping low expectations about experiences and life because I believe it is healthy and good, and also using filters/judgments/expectations of people to keep my life full of positive inspiration. You don't need to go to Burning Man to understand the principles, they live in morality, logic and life. However, I do find the deliberate exposure and statement through Burning Man assists in a community of positive growth.

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I like to ask people what their favorite creative outlet is. A funny guy named Jace informed me the ultimate answer to the question is "the self." I realized after thinking it through that I agree and it informs much of my inquisition into Burning Man and life. It's a simple quest to my "self." The entire mission is to peel away delusion and understand what's underneath. Radical Self-Inquisition.

I hurt my back last month and wrote in my journal "It's worth noting that I should not attempt to break my self so eagerly as previously considered in the name of nothing." Seems I will have some spite for my unheard wisdom.

In vanlyfe you experience a massive array of emotions in the van, and thus become more and more connected to it as a space. 

I named my van Ashwa.

Ashwa is the chaotic midground, and happy. Productivity defined as me living hard and whole has been well accomplished despite the build state.

I live in a wealth of amazing people. Truly epic, highly intelligent, quality humans.

I don't feel anger very often. I felt it recently, a deep-seated anger for consumerism; the motives, the results, a society-wide sickness.

Does vulnerability need to be witnessed?
I mostly consider this blog to be a vulnerability project, but I actively keep the publicity limited.

"Craft is something that has no form. It is an abstract notion unique to each and every individual's interpretation." _Professor Yamamoto

I had a moral breakthrough reading Mark Manson's ideas about Immanuel Kant. Mostly about categorical imperatives and other philosophic baselines that I realized I inherently knew to be true as a conscious being. I also appreciated how the ideas train lead to this quote:

"For Kant, consent was the act of demonstrating respect. Anything that didn't lead towards consent between two people was, to some degree, disrespectful." _Mark Manson

I have this idea that to move fluidly through class barriers is the most coveted class because being stuck in the upper-class is entirely overrated. The ultimate privilege.

There's only one photo surfaced so far of me at Burning Man. I'm passed out on a couch.

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