Title explanation

So the story of the title… I have always been interested in philosophy and I have always been committed to my ideals. I don’t remember where I heard it but “One who is under 40 and not an idealist has no heart and one that is over 40 and is still an idealist has no brain.” So I have a lot of heart but I am having a difficult period of transition to the cerebral, I confess.

Some short jumps through my ideological development may shed some light for interested psycho-analysts. I started my reading from my Dad’s bookshelf. Carlos Castaneda. ย Herman Hesse. JD Salinger. Being that we moved from the city to the country – and we didn’t take the television with us – my reading actually became quite prolific (is that word used correctly?). Carlos awakened me to an alternative world. Always to look for the symbolism and hidden meaning in the day-to-day. Herman gave me great physical strength when looking at an existentialist world. JD had probably the biggest impact on me as far as getting me to where I am today. I can actually find the page of ย “A Catcher in the Rye” that sent me out into the unknown with my girlfriend at an early age. And somewhere in the Appalachian mountains, I found the motivation to get a university education and a psychedelic experience (these are intense stories which I will probably get around to posting). But somewhere along the way, I really was against the depressing conclusions of the philosophies that I was connecting to and despite my curiosity, took pause in my philosophical inquiry.

It was only 3 days after completing the vows that I made to myself on that intense day in the woods that I found myself in the old city of Jerusalem and being introduced to a philosophy with an optimistic view on the world. One that grasped my attention so strongly, that until this day occupies a large part of my waking hours in inquiry. And know that I have passed 40 and I feel the pull of reality tugging to help my children and stabilize the mess that I have made of my life, I have decided to redact and organize and try and find a realistic way to continue.

So there is chaos. But I am optimistic ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that is a rough explanation of the title.

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