- Posted October 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Anywhere I wander
West of the turnpike.
Anywhere I wander
Is where I'll make my rest
We'll be travelling early,
It's a long long hike....
You can come if you like.
Anywhere I wander,
Is where I'll make my rest.
Gordon Lightfoot wrote those lyrics.
Ezra Pound told us to cast off all the vanities.
Those most free are the ones who need the least from anyone.
A grungy photo of an old hobo?
Or is this a photo of someone who realizes the true condition of man: wherein life is nasty, brutish and short. And very little in life and no one can be trusted in a world which reveals so little of itself on the surface? I'll let you be the judge.
But this old guy is a drifter, a traveller and he's travelling light. So am I.
Renunciation of desire is the only pathway to serenity and tranquility in the western world. Imaginative posession is far better than physical/material posession.
Now if we all took that one step further, how much freer would we all be? Slave to a bank or career? Not me.
Live free or die.
As I grow, more and more each year and day, I have more and more contempt for the physical/material world that has engulfed western life. Things do not set us free, they enslave us.
Enlighten me if you can.
Like Chief Dan George in the movie "Little Big Man" starring Dustin Hoffman, and in which my friend John Scott also had a role, we have to realize that in life "You have to relax, you can't see everything coming."
Here is the cusp, the heart of the matter. Betrayal, a cold sun, the return of an early ice age, senility, accidents. We control very litte in this life. If you think you control everything you just haven't been humbled yet by repeat, unexpected circumstances.
The old guy in the photo has been humbled and he's learned to let go of everything.
I often remember the advice my friend Doc Seaman gave me one Christmas: "There are no safe careers or investments."
He was right. Men walk by faith and hope and love, not with vision. Everything: a borrowing against the night, and love's only portal too.