“For believe me: the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is—to live dangerously!”
—Nietzsche, The Gay Science (section 283)
How should we invest our intellectual and spiritual energy and capacity?
His answer lies within the confines of tradition. Take a look at his m=1 Story Systems example. I’ve been experimenting in an n=1 fashion for quite a while now, but the idea of an m=1 personal mythology—or my-thology—is somewhat new to me. Recently I’ve been thinking about my “personal mythology” more seriously, although I suspect I’ve done this unconsciously for all my life: created a narrative from my past with which to derive purpose and meaning.
The philosophy department director at my university is an ordained Soto Zen priest. Continue reading “Brent Pottenger on “Self-Experimentation with Story Systems””