Broken Compasses, Bullshit-meters, and Question-mark Swords

“We should go and proclaim without cease and remind people at every step of what we are: that our capacity for self-delusion has no limits and that anybody who believes anything is mistaken.” ~ Celsa Milosz

On the long and winding path (rollercoaster ride) of human evolution—which is trudging its way through the Desert of the Real—it’s all too easy to get stuck at an oasis.

The beauty of these oasis’, similar to comfort zones, is that they are a good place to heal and lick our wounds. They act as succor; as spiritual, if not existential, relief from the hostile and unforgiving meaninglessness of the universe.

The problem with these oasis’, on the other hand, is that they tend to make us complacent, content, and too comfortable at best, and rigid, closeminded, and dogmatic at worst. If we’re not careful, our sojourn can ruin our overall journey.

Clinging to our comfort zones can wreck our adventure. Becoming too convinced and certain of our stance can defeat our capacity for discovery.

What follows are three existential tools that we can use to gain leverage against becoming overly comfortable, content and closed off to the underlying essence of things.

They are used to keep the impermanence of all things in proper perspective while also empowering us toward self-improvement.

Broken compasses

“We aren’t handed life’s meaning, so it’s imperative that we choose it for ourselves.” ~ Thomas Cathcart

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