20. My restlessness and the four Phases of Life ----------------------------- Previous - Next - Contents
Have I been too restless or not dedicated enough to one specific
field of enquiry ? There is perhaps some truth in that, but mainly I
believe it is something else. In retrospect it is quite clear that I
have strongly followed through on, and reflected, the main four
emotional and mental phases (as discussed on April 13) of my life.
This restlessness, constant need to change, to move forward, is
stabilised, and separated into segments, by sustained periods of
physical (but not mental) laziness (thank goodness for that). I also
see now very clearly that this recurring pattern is present at all
time levels of my existence.
Within each period of rest I don't move about much, but I establish
certain routines in order to create a bond with the
environment I am in.
When in Europe this pattern is repeated, but at shorter time spans. I may for example be in :
In each of these locations I develop set bonding routines, like a daily walk, contemplation on a bench, visit and talk to people at an Imbiss, pub, restaurant, hotel. I rarely do any "touristy things" wherever I am. It does not reflect real life at the place and its community.
In Australia too within each single otherwise quiet day there is a
point, often around lunch time, when I must get out to satisfy my
Even when it comes to the very small time frame of my nightly reading, my restless need for change
has a hand in proceedings.
Having recently finished a few I have just added two new books to the
pile. One is "Tender is the Night" by F.Scott Fitzgerald I
found in one of the boxes in my van. I started on this book before,
but unlike "The Great Gatsby" which I absolutely loved, I only got
halfway through this one.
The other new addition is a copy of Richard Dawkins' book "A
Devil's Chaplain" (purchased at Dymocks after my usual Wednesday Sushi lunch in Casuarina). It consists of a selection of Dawkins' essays on a
wide range of topics. I am quite interested (and in fact pleased) to
see he is having at least in one of his essays a crack at what he
calls the pseudo philosophers (on the definition of "truth" for example). I have observed too that so
called philosophy can (and sometimes does) easily degenerate into
absolute trifling trivial bollocks. Good on him.
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