In this episode I talk about what I feel I have learned in my current adventure living out of a van and traveling the USA. Martial Arts will become an option soon and am greatly looking forward to continuing to incorporate martial arts into my travels.
In this podcast I riff on a set of ideas that have been a recurring theme along my VanLife road trip across the USA. The contents of the societal waters differ in sight, taste, and smell, everywhere you go in this country. We think of ourselves as individual islands unto ourselves but in taking a broader few of our culture at large and those in the surrounding area, we see that in reality the "I" that we proclaim to be is in actuality a mere appendage of our cultural ideas that have been propelling the momentum of historical influences into the modern day. We are inseperable from history yet we spend entire lives rummaging about, trying to find the source of happiness, trauma, discontent within ourselves, yet we fail to recognize the inseparable nature of our own experience from the collective experience at large.
In this episode I talk about the oddities of Vanlife. The weirdness and the added computation required for always being on the go. I then talk about the strange, yet musical, phenomenon of meeting a person along your travels that you are almost certainly never to see again. That added layer given to the moment of being in a temporary state that you both acknowledge. A real feeling of "no matter what happens, we will never be here again". Then I pierce into the topic of the Collective Unconscious.
In this episode I ponder Vanlife Travel experiences and the ongoing invasiveness of technology into our lives from birth. Parents are sticking a phone in their children's faces from infancy. Kids are growing up today codependent on school, vapes, alcohol, and social media. The forces of technology make separation from comfort ever more difficult but simultaneously give every individual the capacity for greater power and expression. I don't know where this goes.
In this episode I start off with brief pondering about the shifting of my political views in response to my current travels across the country. I wonder how much bringing up political discussions with friends and family really help to create a meaningful series of relationships and life as a whole.
This state is growing on me more and more. Classic Rock playing everywhere, stoners everywhere, beautiful scenery, laid back culture. I really dig this place. Who knew such a cool community could exist right here within the United States. Yeah some of these people can be a little silly politically but for the most part they are almost a different type of human.
In their outlook and attitude, almost everything about them differs from these other areas of the country. To an extent you can say that about each area. It truly is incredible how the variations of societal intricacies affect the human mind across cultures.
Each place is different. No two countries, or even cities, neighborhoods, have the exact same collective influence on its inhabitant (the link between genetics and personality is a fascinating topic that I know nothing about). No two people are the same, but if you divide someone’s personality by tendencies and assign them a number based on where they stand on a spectrum, different areas would have different averages. I’m sure there’s been studies on that
But even dividing someone’s personality into something like the Big 5 Personality test, that doesn’t even truly account for the variations in people. There is no real way to completely quantify the variations in people (although advertisers may be close). Each person is just this ever changing cluster of human emotion and thought, each barreling their own individual way down the journey of time. This ever changing stream of events, desires, memories; propelling us through this television show that goes on until we die titled “my life”.
We are truly watching this thing unfold before us. I like the TV analogy because we are constantly interpreting our lives in this narrative format, each individual possessing their own unique narrative.
As a kid I would watch TV Cartoons and try to find a single episode that did not have some sort of moral to the story. That experiment wasted a whole lot of time and the only thing I learned was that it is impossible to find one. The thing that captures our attention and diverts our minds the most, a narrative, a story. Whether it is the news media, sports broadcasts, video games, social media; it is all being propelled by our affinity towards stories. The news pushes a political narrative, video games a virtual narrative, social media a personal narrative, all of it.
Jungian archetypes and personality tests can only go so far to break down a general overview of a particular persons personality, but there are averages.
I think only ever being exposed to one culture makes you somewhat a slave to that culture. Not necessarily in a bad way, just in that the spectrum of thought and memories had been limited to the confines of your local area. Maybe there’s something to be said for limitation as well, but booooooooy is Colorado wild.
Thoughts from a mind soaring through a overpowering dosage of, 100% legal, Colorado edibles.
What the fuck Colorado
I am currently staying outside of Durango, Colorado. Colorado is just as beautiful as I was expecting and I get the feeling that I am just barely scratching the surface. I was blown away by the consistent stream of beautiful scenery on my drive through the Rio Grande and San Juan National Forests to get here.
It looks like I might be able to finally do some Jiu-Jitsu. There is a club in Durango that is apparently allowing people to train. Typically I wait to train at a Globetrotter gym for free but at this point anything would be worth it to get some consistent training again.
The first thing I did when I got to Colorado was buy some weed from a dispensary right on the border of New Mexico. That was a neat experience. I got way too much. The people that work at these dispensaries are exceptionally cool people and always stoned.
I am really starting to see a difference in mindset from the people down South and the people out West. I feel a lot more comfortable telling people that I live out of a van without having to get any strange looks and hopelessly try to explain the practicality of it.
Out here I feel almost a bit more in my element. We’ll see as time goes on how I feel about it, but I think I resonate with the people here more consistently. Even the girls seem way more laid back and adventurous.
The attitude in the south has always felt to me to be restrictive. Safety and security seemed to be placed at a high value in those states. Approval for what you are doing with your life is definitely higher amongst conservative friends and family if there is a clear path laid out. Doing something different might be looked at as a little more whimsical. Out here the whole “do your own thing” vibe definitely comes across.
The culture does still have its drawbacks, I passed by these Black Lives Matter protestors in the small town Alamosa who blocked traffic for a few moments with their righteous signs and message. Yeah I get it, the sentiment is nice and all, but I don’t buy it. There wasn’t a single black kid with them. They were all white kids.
I think most kids growing up today get through a pretty fucked up set up in life and find these weird ways to voice their frustration for the way things are, but they direct it totally in the wrong direction. The weirdness of modern life appears like the neutral point for existence because it’s how everyone around us is going through this thing.
But today kids grow up with the black mirror of social media shoved in front of their face from the get go. They are already thinking of how they fit into the whole hierarchy of numbers and status at way too early of an age. On top of that they are eating a bunch of shitty processed food that does god-knows-what to their hormones and next thing you know they’re dyeing their hair purple and identifying as a non-gendered radical foxkin.
They are clearly upset but they voice it in all this stupid shit like calling everyone a racist and a bigot, when in reality they have an emotional scab on their consciousness that has been picked at since they were practically infants.
I think the decriminalization of mushrooms will be the greatest corrector of all this. Take a few grams, chill out, and be honest with yourself about how the poor decisions you have made have led to the ultimate dissatisfaction of yourself and everyone around you. Take it easy and understand this whole thing that we are all in, including your fears, will eventually fade away, so live now.
We’ll definitely lose a few people into the abyss along the way. A few lost travelers who had gone and tripped to the point of no return. Dead heads. They are real and I have met them and they are not pleasant to be around no matter how open minded you try to be. But that’s their trip, I think it’d be worth it at the end of the day