As June 21 draws near I confront my motivations for the journey ahead. This is the final installment of a three part series on why I’m going on the Adventure. Find Part I here and Part II here.
A Heroic Faith
What is there to say?
In my heart, I believe we can do great things.
I’ve created a practicum which, if followed, is supposed to race you toward that end:
Taking action, living for high ideals, charging fearlessly into new and grand plans, building a name around your art or skill, and using your life to change the way the world works.
The whole thing must be tested. I mean “tested” to see if it works; I also mean it the way a baby tests his legs. I will never understand the vehicle I’ve made unless I enter into it and live it for myself.
Neither will anyone else, unless they do too.
Why This Journey
The Heroic Life is a philosophy of action. It is not believed but done, not theory but experience. Its central practice is action: leave and go on a journey.
Many readers will look at my story, take a little piece of the philosophy, and fit it into their lives. I approve of that. I hope it helps your life, even if your life is not one of travel.
But for the heroic to be more than fiction, there must be people who believe in it so deeply, so humanly, that they live it. It is those people I wish to walk beside.
And if I don’t walk it myself, suggesting it is unconscionable.
If small knots of people join together to live this way, the world will be greater. A fellowship of heroes-to-be: let us leave home, walk where we will, learn what we can, and offer cheerful aid to troubled people.
If this one idea can catch on, the sky will look a little different.
When just a few people give everything to uplift others and carry no agenda, hope travels with them. Then more people take heroic action.
The next two, three, five years will teach me how to make this machine work. If there is a philosophy that can create and unite this kind of fellowship, I will discover it. And when I know how it works, then the real project of the Great Adventure will be complete: then I’ll have used travel to find my purpose, and be ready to help others do the same.
Wish me luck, Rogues, and if you want to lend your support, help a traveler sometime.
What’s the best way to learn about the heroic life as I travel? Do you have suggestions?
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