Archive for June, 2011

June 29, 2011

How can “primitivism” be practical?

Because you and I are savages.

OK now, I understand you might not like being called a “savage”, but before you do something rash (like stop reading), let me explain.

June 22, 2011

“Practical Primitivist”? So what does that mean?

“Primitive” is an Adjective. The dictionary wraps these words around it: First (see PRIME) 1, Existing in the beginning or the earliest times or ages; ancient; original. 2. Characteristic or imitative of of the earliest ages, uncivilized. 3. Not derivative; primary; basic. 4. Of, or having to do with a culture with a relatively low level of technology. 5. Primordial, fundamental.

“Practical” is also an Adjective. The dictionary defines it as: 1. Of, exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action. 2. Usable, workable; useful and sensible. 3. Concerned with the application of knowledge to useful ends, rather than with theory, speculation, etc. 4. Given to, or experienced from, actual practice. 5. Of, concerned with, or dealing realistically and sensibly with everyday activities. 6. Matter-of-fact.

June 22, 2011

The bias I share with Tyler Durden.

I’d like to start this journal off on the right foot, so I’d like to be honest about one of the fundamental biases I’ll be writing from.

That bias is: “Life is good.”

I know, I know, I read that on a baseball cap the other day…stereotypical pop-culture b.s.. How simplistic. How unimaginative. How dull. And I’ll respond with: “Yeah, that’s true.” It is simplistic and dull, for sure. But trust me, the baseball cap isn’t where I got the idea. And, as Daniel Quinn once said: “The real secrets in life are the ones you can publish on billboards and they still remain secret.”

June 20, 2011

My problem with words.

Our brains can become overly oriented to words. It’s easy these days to get lost in them — to have words define reality, rather than having reality define them.

This moment, right now, is the most valuable thing we have. And I realize that spending time on the internet is maybe not the best use of something so precious.

With that in mind, I plan on writing in a way that (hopefully) will communicate something right from the start, and then build from there.

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