The magical journey of travelling more with graceful strength

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How to travel with strength

“Using your direct environment resourceful”

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Travel in a new age………………………………………………………………………….. 2

Chapter 2: The minimalist attitude…………………………………………………………………….. 3

Chapter 3: Feeling safe when there are no real threats

Chapter 4: Finding symbioses among ones environment

Chapter 5: By thyself and master thyself above all.

Chapter 1: Travel in a new age

Born in a world of constant appetite can one be bounded to work for that which one desire. There is always a sacrifice to be made if one wants to fulfil that desire. With the desire is always the dread and rather than trying to extinguish appetites, one can unlock their freedom in finding moderation.

Most folks have a stomach, and without pleasing its needs, they remain limited through hunger and by pleasing its greed they remain limited through appetite. The key then is simplification and moderation in order to achieve a balance in the desires and sacrifices one has to make. This is also the so called middle path in which you seek the equilibrium of self-indulgence and asceticism. Both are extremes that doesn’t necessarily benefit someone in the long run, and finding the balance with appetite and sacrifice is a liberating experience, I can tell from experience. This is especially true for the travellers among us. The traveller is unique in the sense that one is constantly bombarded with new experiences, and herein lays the danger of aimless wandering. Aimless wandering can be beneficial when you use the aimlessness to find new aims, but without using it to aim better, there comes an attitude of the ‘wanderer’, with a lack of direction. The aimless wanderer is reactive instead of proactive. There is no dual approach here, but without using the new inputs towards greater outputs, there is a loss of creativity and prosperity. I am simply laying down some insights here, since there are many ways to travel. In order to have a graceful journey, the traveller needs to stay sharp and flexible with ones surroundings, in my humble opinion, a form of dynamic governance in which autonomy is constantly redefined among the complexity of the context an agent with agency is faced with.

On of the potential gems of our age is that people don’t have to cultivate the land as much as in the past. There is less need to spend vital energy into fulfilling our appetites, and, therefore, more breathing room to spend it elsewhere. This would have been the case if the wealth had been distributed appropriately to the needs instead ofthe greeds. The ideal image of what the industrial revolution could have brought us, has not been achieved. The machines would do all the hard work and the people could spend more time in artistic pursuits or other interests, like travel, by knowing that their basic needs are being met. Not having to deal that much with the mundane struggles of survival, would have left more energy for spiritual growth, creativity, arts and self-realisation.

Unfortunately, the wealth is not distributed equally among the people and many industries are implemented in such a way that they aren’t alleviating stress but instead creating more of it by the use of chemicals, fear based systems, exploitation etc etc. Many industries are constructed around capitalistic values to maximize profits, without considering the destructive impact this has on the environment, quality of products and the well-being of the people. Besides the false hopes of abundance did man became so intertwined with the machines that they lost their connection with their inner nature, and in doing so, alienating themselves of spiritual liberty, creativity and sovereignty. If the levels of alienation aren’t enough to deal with, are many struggling with achieving health in a polluted world. Many industries are still exploiting resources and people instead of creating sustainable models of production and, are, therefore, creating scarcity where their could have been abundance. It doesn’t matter how big your wallet is if the planetary resources are being depleted. Money, in and of itself, has no intrinsic value besides burning it as firewood. The accumulation of money is seen as wealth simply because we agreed to see it in this way and this view has made modern societies more scarce then abundant in many ways. Therefore, the promise of the industrial carrot and the ideal of freedom from mundane labor has been corrupted and replaced with financial indebted slavery.    

That being said, people in this age can afford themselves the luxury of travel, but only if this fits the size of their wallets and demands to society. The conditions of duty and money limit your pursuit to travel freely and choose where to settle as you please. Many people are geologically speaking locked in their economic lives, because the job is choosing the location and not you. Obviously new technologies like web 3.0 and VR could open up a realm of possibilities for more people to experience more mobility in work. Another interesting viewpoint here, what I learned on my attempt to do a pre-master anthropology and development studies, is that many, some more then others, are currently in a ‘carbon lock-in’. Especially in contemporary society that is marked with a new geopolitical crisis in Ukraine in which the carbon lock-in effect will be felt more in personal wallets. The carbon effect can be explained from a neo-materialistic perspective in that the Anthropocene might not be a correct word for describing human impact on the world. It centres the Anthropos, the human, in the midst of universe, which is obviously the most arrogant thing to do. If one would to fairly describe a correct title to the reasoning why the planet could be facing more and more tipping points marked with chaos theory then it is because of the relationship economic systems have with materials. The Capitalocene is then a more fitting depiction in which the exploitative relationship of producing and consuming with cheapness reigns the flag of the title. Another more appropriate term would be the Carbocene cause it are the materials, the carbon, the coal, gas and oils that are in power and of influence of disruption and control, not the Anthropos. However, there are always choices to be made and one can experience already more mobility in their social economic lifestyle by pursuing online careers that are location independent. The same sort of reasoning can be applied to travel. The biggest expenses of travel are; transport, food, water and shelter, but this is only called an ‘expense’ because it has been capitalized. The levels of alienation has made us forget how to grow food,  hunt, move our bodies and build shelter. The sacrifices we have to make in order to fulfil our most basic needs are bigger then before. Many people are working themselves to death, only to satisfy a hungry stomach and a chilly skin. The industrial agriculture or mono culture has created a scarcity of natural crops, biodiversity and fresh water resources by trying to out smart nature with technology. The art of architecture has been replaced by efficient and effective, Lego – IKEA building models of cement.

In these acts of monetisation and commodification, you limit the meaning of abundance to how big your bank account is. Money and duty are interestingly enough very alike. Often times, people work for money, and in doing so, they have to fulfil their ‘duties’. Without fulfilling their duties, they cannot earn the money and fall into financial poverty. If we only acknowledge money as a form of abundance, we limit ourselves in experiencing life to the fullest. An unfortunate flaw of our industrial developments is that the technology hasn’t found the harmony with nature itself and, therefore, remains in competition, exploitation and depletion instead of co-operation, harmony and sustainability. All though, this is changing as we speak, are there still see many out dated systems in operation because of the consent of its people.

Travel in a new and post-modern age is, therefore, only easier if you play the out and alongside the monetary game. Without money, the traveller is solely left with his or hers capability to be self-reliant and resourceful with his or hers direct environment, but without self-reliance one is solely left to the durability of their wallet. This E-book will hopefully help you in achieving this goal so that you may experience more freedom from the possible limitations duty and money can impose on us. It is a challenge to stay strong, whole and to thrive in ones life under the adversity of today’s age. A challenge I am happy to support you with 🙂

Chapter 2: The minimalist attitude

The subtitle of this E-book is; ‘Using your direct environment resourceful’, meaning that we are innovators instead of exploiters. The minimalist is by all means inventive with the tools at ones disposal without having to become radically simplistic, and is, therefore, a portray of inventive strength. By creating something out of nothing or very little, the minimalist ensures ones abundance by the use of ones creative intelligence. Scarcity is not found in a lack of resources, but in the immaturity of the creative brain and a shallow imagination. Resourcefulness is a metaphysical strength that requires creative aptitude and a certain state of being. In my opinion, we are born artists and, therefore, children can teach us a lot in what the minimalist attitude is all about. As soon as the child is not free anymore to explore its curiosity, they are numbed down by certain things that are imposed on them. Another example might be that we loose our inherent ability to be resourceful out of imposed and/or self-imposed believes that we have to make a living by following a certain kind of path or doctrine.

So in order to embody the minimalist attitude, if you are born in privilege and abundance, then the shedding of imprinting will be hard. However, it goes not without saying that hard times breed strong people, strong people make for easy times and easy times breeds again the lure of getting too comfortable again. So despite such an evolutionary view on how the environment people are born into either incentives too much discomfort or too little, people can always stand above such a cycle of crisis and change by foresight. By foresight and common sense many can tell that the trajectory of the future will not likely be of more infinite economic growth but rather that of degrowth as opposed to more positive outlooks like green growth in which GDP still increases. However, this would have to require decoupling GDP growth from environmental damage which is physically speaking only possible if the relationship of the Capitalocene would change into a version of cyber punk or something where there is a separation of the dependency of nature for GDP growth.

The more likely scenario, however, is that it would be more like something of a solarpunk narrative in which decoupling this correlation completely is not possible. Instead the minimalist attitude promotes doing more with less, cause it recognises that the inter dependencies of ecological and economic systems cannot be fully decoupled even with the best strife for LEAN and efficiency, there will always be some form of depletion of finite resources which debunks the idea that infinite growth can be possible in something like an economic system.

Author: Kees Berg

I'm a practitioner of holistic healing, a student of social-economical systems and like to move around throughout the day to write during the night. Currently living in the beautiful city Breda. Hit me up on the street or come by for a visit at my place if you dare or find some other way, or just telepathically, depends on the circumstances. It is pretty hectic these strays. Can enjoy adventurous travels or just some couch hanging obviously with a nice snack, refer to exchange list.

1 thought on “The magical journey of travelling more with graceful strength

  1. Kees Berg says:

    Met welke reden dan ook, het is nog niet gelukt om deze post inclusief gratis E-book te plaatsen dusver.

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