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23 April 2006

the dreams of youth grow dim

i stumbled across this excerpt from sterling hayden's book 'the wanderer' in a motorcycle gear catalog:

"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea. 'Cruising,' it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in.

"If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

"'I've always wanted to sail the South Seas, but I can't afford it.' What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of 'security.' And in the worship of security, we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

"What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in, and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all, in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade.

"The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?"

posted by paul on Sun 23 Apr 2006 at 01:33:59 est (-05:00)

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stumbled across your entry of stumbling across an old actor's mumblings... and feeling much better for it. cheers.

posted by carlos on Wed 26 Apr 2006 at 23:54:00 est (-05:00)

living it... trading need of security for pure joy. found out that all one needs comes when control is relinquished anyway. ...and of that patriot portrait - more pure joy.

posted by k on Mon 01 May 2006 at 09:56:04 est (-05:00)

yeah dude!! Matt's wedding was rocking. he looked cool up on the stage singing with the band.
Good luck with your travels man! see ya around

posted by Colorado on Thu 04 May 2006 at 20:36:57 est (-05:00)

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