Ep. 10 – Have Gi—Will Travel: A Philosophical Journey

   Comic illustration by Charlie Bink . Published with permission; all rights reserved.

Comic illustration by Charlie Bink. Published with permission; all rights reserved.

Life is a journey with no destination, so make sure there are no ordinary moments.

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In 2008, I quit my job, traveled the world, and trained martial arts. This was never my plan, but like many great things in life, things work out better when you don't plan for it.

You see, when I quit my job and got on the road, I had no idea what I was doing or what was going to happen. No map, no GPS, and no working radio (it broke the first night). But that's what made it memorable. That's why it's called an adventure, not a plan...

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Things Discussed

  • Travel & wanderlust
  • Non-goal setting
  • To each their own
  • Default roles & bad faith
  • Will to power
  • Existentialism
  • Predeterminism
  • Free will
  • Mono no aware & impermanence
  • Labeling & identity
  • Soul sucking jobs & my Office Space moment
  • Wu wei: the philosophy of spontaneity
  • Martial arts training & BJJ
  • Nostalgia, saying goodbye, & you can't go home again
  • The Book of Five Rings
  • Stoicism, Buddhism, courage, & indifference
  • Compassion vs. empathy
  • Grief

Books I Recommend

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