Topic: Disciplines of Walking the Walk
Over at the Ran Prieur website I came across a quote (paraphrased): you extricate yourself from the system with your passion, but with patience and discipline.
Number one, it caused me to consciously think about the fact that I've always seen myself "freeing myself" by acts of passion. Over the years I've had many, many passionate fantasies. Even at nine or ten years old I fantasized about running away from my family and living in a pup tent in the mountains. The latest fantasies are closer akin to becoming independently wealthy by becoming a successful writer and buying land with an adobe brick house, a windmill and a well.
I'm definitely committed, and my passions are not transient, but I see the last stages of it happening through passion. And I believe in that future, but still, I've never gotten down and dirty serious about disciplines for walking the walk...
What are they do you think?
The first that occurs to me is:
(1) Upholding a principle of fair-and-equal exchange, and never taking something you can't really pay for in present time. (I suppose that could include, too, not paying too much for something you only value very little...Like paying fifty dollars for a restaurant meal you could've prepared yourself, maybe. If you're paying for "an experience," or "a moment," fine; or to be good to yourself, fine; if you have deep pockets, fine. But why waste resources otherwise?).
(2) Only giving support to those you believe are ethical and moral--which in this day and age could mean...Freeganism.
but you can avoid its teeth.