Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Is The Path of Wildness Real? – LylesBrother

This is a video response to the following message:

“Thank you Kurt,

Great stuff! That answered most of my questions. Basically just wondering where you are coming from and where you are going with this philosophy. If not mistaken, there is the literal, physical path of wildness, and also the symbolic, life choices/decisions path of wildness.

I re-read what I wrote and saw that there was a shortcoming in how I worded a couple of the questions. The path of wildness to you is preferable to “something”. It could be in opposition to something, such as darkness being the absence of light, happiness being the absence of sorrow, or the like. Basically, what is the opposite of the path of wildness, as you describe it? The path of wildness, to exist, could be dependent on its opposite. Anarchy would not be anarchy if there were no such thing as order or authority.

Perhaps this framework (applied to life choices/decisions) allows for the making decisions without as much accountability for those decisions. Within this framework one can justify a decision based on the path of wildness rather than be accountable for making the “best” or the “right” decision. Within this framework the burden of “did I make the right decision?” is not there. Within this framework there is no “wrong” decision, only the decision of first inclination. “Coping mechanism” captures some of the idea, freeing one from the burden of responsibility to make the best decisions (best being by some outside measure), justifying whatever decision or choice made as being true to the path of wildness.”


The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

The Path of Wildness Resources


Welcome to the LylesBrother channel. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of life with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if you have questions or just want to chat and say hi. I can also be found at the JVLOG forum with other Japan-related content creators. All links are listed below. I look forward to meeting you on-line. Have a great day!

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