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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 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 fulfill that desire. With the desire is always the dread and rather than trying to extinguish appetites, one can unlock our 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 travelers among us. The traveler 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 traveler needs to stay sharp and flexible with ones surroundings, in my humble opinion.
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-realization.
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 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 duties. 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. 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 fulfill 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 monetization, 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 fulfill 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 modern age is, therefore, only easier if you play the monetary game. Without money, the traveler is solely left with his or hers capability to be self-reliant and resourceful with his or hers direct environment. 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. By creating something out of nothing, 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, we have to shed our skins of everything that forms an obstacle for us.