Process is Art
Process is Art by Chris Campbell – LFB.org
I don’t always drink river wine in the sunset, but when I do… it’s Laissez Faire.
The past few weeks have brought me to Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In this time, I’ve had a chance to reconnect with nature, the roots, the wild. Where it all began. Where those wild things unself-consciously hoot, holler, catcall, give birth and die all out in the open.
There’s no protesting nature. No forcing it to behave. There’s no running outside with a stick and a placard with weird symbols on it and demanding the bears be fair to the trees and the fish, that the poor pheasants get their fair share from the mountain lions, and the buffalo not roam in the carpet grass.
It gets back to the source. When you are involved in the process of turning the wild into food, for example, it’s real. Not wrapped in plastic. From catch to kill to cut, it’s right there. Food has a face again.
This wildness runs parallel to the anthropocene. Its wisdom can’t be found in the latest iPhone. The cleverness of man, hard as it tries, won’t supersede the long and storied wisdom of the wild. It’s right outside, but billions of years away.
The wild world is inherently one of risk, change and action. Powerful institutions have done their best to try to breed that wildness out of us. To try to temper the beast.
But it’s made us restless.
Because something fundamental is calling for us to reconnect. As Bryan Ward of Third Way Man puts it: “For you know in your bones that your wild underpinning is not counter to civilization, but the animating force that upholds it.”
Such is the journey of straddling both worlds. Reconnecting, to be sure, isn’t about turning your back on the world in a raccoon-headed loincloth. It’s about embracing the cleverness without letting it rip out the roots of what it means to be human.
Of re-awakening to simple animal pleasures, while, at the same time, being a king of your own castle.
To use progress, and not let progress use you. You are wild. As long as you are alive, there’s no killing the root. And it can be rekindled at any time.
We’ll talk more on straddling these two worlds — and my “unconventional” project in the works to make progress wild again — in future episodes.
Today, to show you how to buckle down and build a life of your own choosing, we invite two powerhouses of change-ism — James Altucher and Gary Vaynerchuk.
Here is, distilled down, ten things Altucher learned from Vaynerchuk. Enjoy.
[Ed. note: Tomorrow, we’ll be announcing James Altucher’s latest project. It has to do with the Wild West of crypto — and specific ways to take advantage of its meteoric rise. Stay tuned.]
TEN THINGS I LEARNED FROM GARY VAYNERCHUK
By James Altucher
1. MAKE A MANIFESTO. THEN LET THE WORLD COME TO YOU. WHICH IT WILL!
Gary set up this example: Pokemon. Imagine this is your passion. You set up a blog. Then it becomes a video blog and then a podcast. “You become the foremost Pokemon gal, Sally the Pokemon Gal.”
It’s your passion. You love it. But what will happen next? Here’s the thing: something ALWAYS happens next.