Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

I don’t trust poetry – Secular Thinking – LylesBrother

This video came after it dawned on me some time ago that my distrust of faith was really grounded in a desire to avoid the utilization of emotions in deciding matters of truth. Faith, like art (and music it seems) often appeal to subjectively perceived inclinations which guide us to some amazing places. The thing I sometimes call The Path of Wildness relies on the same thing and I find the experience of yielding to such guidance quite useful and instructive. However, like my wanderings directed of instinct, I refuse to grant much trust to such an ephemeral guide. This is because the guide of art rarely demands very satisfying proofs. It seems often content to rest alone on the good feelings it creates as if those alone would warrant justification. I’ve resolved that they do not. Such feelings deserve our respect, attention and, when possible, scrutinization. It’s fine to cherish these and place them on display for our own and the pleasure of others. However, I’ll not trust them if they will not yield to the microscope, dissection and other forms of empirical testing, and instead will merely lump them with the other products of human creativity and imagination. Lovely treasures to play with and hold yet nothing to take very seriously in the larger course of serious search and discovery.

I love art, music, poetry, good writing and an impassioned speech or passage of drama as well as all other forms of human expression. My own advocacy of The Path of Wildness is an endorsement of this as I recognize emotion, instinct and passion as a wonderful and very useful catalyst and prompt to action. My caution only is in the endorsement of the fruits of creativity for their own sake. Though I love what art helps me discover I am loath to press it to my breast and swear allegiance to it’s conclusions or prescriptions. Let it first pass the gauntlet of test and examination where success warrants greater acceptance and failure consignment to the rubbish heap. Though if it be beautiful or in some way useful then let it be kept as a toy and plaything and nothing more. This is the methodology I trust.


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at dinnerbytheriver@gmail.com.

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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.

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