This is a Summer of Rebirth for The Wayfarer Project
Summer is usually considered to be a time of adolescence in the meaning of the seasons. It is a time of youthful vigor and growth. As Spring is usually considered to be the time of rebirth in the calendar as, in the northern hemisphere at least, it is the time when growth begins again in the plant world and the days begin getting longer and longer until they reach their apex on June 21st, the beginning of summer. If this is true, then The Wayfarer Project’s period of rebirth this spring was a rough one. I have been overhauling my websites, trying to make them more mobile-ready, more organized, and more productive for the work that I do. There have been many successes, but The Wayfarer Project is the one site where I believe that I need ot begin again. Once again, my participation in the liberty movement has, once again, caused the site to become dominated by politics in my posts. As The Wayfarer Project is a multi-faceted website centered around the pursuit of knowledge in the life journey, politics is only one aspect. I also let the posts get too current event-oriented, and I neither have the time nor the desire to really be a news site or political commentary site. Another political blog full of rants is not necessary and it diverts me from the vision that I originally had for The Wayfarer Project.
So, once again, I am slashing and burning and starting the site with fresh, new posts, having deleted the old ones. So, as the summer draws near, and unfortunately, I have less work hours, I must focus my efforts on promoting my artistic works, my software designs, and my educational resources on my other sites, and re-focus The Wayfarer Project back on its intended purpose, the pursuit of knowledge on the life journey. Of course, this subject can be very broad, but I shall be undaunted on my quest. Likewise, there is a place for my thoughts on the importance of liberty and a free society of individuals, but I will do so in a more philosophical and historical sense, and avoid the rants on day-to-day events. There is enough of that out there. We who believe in liberty for the individual and a limited role for government must build upon strong foundations of principles, and educating people on these principles is the best way for people to come to a more liberty-oriented way of thinking on their own. The daily battles between the two major political parties in this country takes away from the peoples’ ability to pursue truth and make principled decisions about the kind of government they choose.
It seems like the divisions seem to run very strong and deep in this country right now, even though, both the Republican and Democratic parties are really offering very similar things in policy with such a huge opposition being only a surface battle of sound bites and arguments over what are, in reality, minor issues governmentally-speaking,, but major issues emotionally-speaking. In this way, the media machine keeps us from thinking about the big problems and how the two major parties are causing them together. After all, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are not too far apart on public policy. They are both big-government, high tax liars that will bankrupt the nation and eliminate the middle class. Perhaps, after all, that is the whole point, behind the scenes.
So Where is The Wayfarer Project Journeying To?
I will kill two birds with one stone by authoring the “About” page for The Wayfarer Project in this new incarnation. It goes little something like this:
The Wayfarer Project is a website that is dedicated tot he concept that we, as individual human beings are wayfarers on the journey of life and that this journey is best taken with a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge. Our lives are a journey, when we think about it. We begin vulnerable, helpless physical beings with seemingly know knowledge whatsoever. We end our life journeys, presumably, having acquired a wealth of knowledge, information, and experience and pass on from this life as once again, nearly helpless, vulnerable physical beings. Yet, along the way, the major change over life is the accumulation of knowledge and experience. As these are within the realm of consciousness, it can be said that we are not merely physical beings, because so much of what our journey entails does not exist within a physical space. Wile many believe that consciousness only arises as a non-physical sensory experience from the physical brain, this experience itself is not physical. This is the path of the life journey, the knowledge and experience that we acquire along the way, for it is unique. If everyone were to write a biography of their lives or have some recorded movie of their lives, it would be different form person to person, while admittedly, many can have similarities from one degree to another. Since it can be expressed in a narrative and it continually changes and evolves over time, our lives are a journey, no matter how much we travel geographically. it is a journey of experience, and it can be a robust journey of knowledge, if we make it so.
The pursuit of knowledge in one’s life is not a mere acquisition of information or a mere academic study. It is implied in this concept of pursuing knowledge in one’s life journey, that this knowledge that one pursues is actually valuable knowledge. We need to learn all sorts of things to survive and prosper in life, such as learning a trade or a field of study in order to work and earn. Throughout the millennia, the majority of people were focused in more direct forms of survival, such as finding food and water. Over the millennia, the amount of people who do that has shrunk as the growth of large civilizations has shifted the paradigm toward specialization, in which the individual specializes in some craft or service that allows him or her to exchange money in exchange for other items needed in their survival or way of life, that are provided by others in exchange for this money. This paradigm has allowed for an explosion of careers and specializations that people who live in a free society, can actually choose a profession based on their own desires and interests, thus freeing up a lot of daily time from the necessity of seeing to basic survival needs. Technology and industrialization has brought this along much further, in which our household tasks are much less time consuming than they would have been before the industrial revolution and the amount of free time that we have to pursue avenues of interest outside of our survival or even careers is larger than they were for say, the medieval peasant, or the farmer living in ancient China, for example.
Pursuing knowledge needed for acquiring a trade or studying an academic degree for landing a job in a variety of fields that require one is all fine and dandy. What do we do with the rest of the time? Now, I am not arguing that we all have a hell of a lot of free time on our hands, and the author of these words certainly does not. Yet, we do, on the average, have more time than the average human being did throughout history. So, what do we do with this time? There is a pursuit of knowledge that lies beyond the learning that we need for our prosperity in the career world and the art of survival in the modern age. What about learning about life itself? Would it not be a fitting additional mission in our lives that we learn about what life island who we, as individuals are? These are certainly philosophical questions, that may be impossible to answer when thinking about them philosophically. These can also be thought of as scientific questions that physics, chemistry, and biology could quit readily answer. Yet, there are so many related questions that science has not answered and that scientists are quite activity and passionately exploring. Cosmology is the study of the universe and its macro-properties. It strives to answer questions about where the universe came from and whether or not there are other universes out there. Institutions of faith already claim to have these answers, but even for people of faith, can one truly say that he or she has nothing more to learn about their relationship with God and how each day of our lives fits in with God’s plan?
It does not matter whether you are spiritual, religious, agnostic, or an atheist. There is a lot of learning about the universe and the human being to be done. Likewise, there s a lot that we can learn about ourselves as individuals. Above and beyond knowing more about the history of humanity and the humanities, what about knowing ourselves in all of our complexity? It is the author’s opinion that these are worthy pursuits.
The Wayfarer’s Journey
If we think of life as a journey and accept that the pursuit of knowledge is a worthy one to embark on while taking this journey, than what is it about being a “wayfarer” that pervades this whole concept? First we need to know what a wayfarer is, and that should not be taken for granted. The term “wayfarer” comes from olden days, and it refers to any wanderer across the land. A wayfarer could be a person living a nomadic lifestyle or a person who is seeking a new experience somewhere else. There is a multitude of reasons for one to be a wanderer, but it is a lot less frequent in modern times. Yet, on the journey of life in pursuit of knowledge, we do not need to travel geographically to take on a wanderer’s spirit. Having the spirit of a wayfarer does not mean that one needs to be aimless or have no goals or destinations. having a wayfarer’s spirit means to have humility that we do not have absolute control over our lives and never really know where we will end up at each stage of our journey. Like an unbiased scientist (which can be hard to find in this day and age – but is nonetheless required to be a true scientist), a wayfarer remains open to result despite his or her intentions. Many times, unexpected occurrences can be thought of as the universe, God, or some unconscious part of ourselves interacting with us. Such interactivity can provide key insights in our pursuit of knowledge about ourselves and all that is around us.
One additional consideration must be brought to the table in understanding the concept of living life like a journey in the pursuit of knowledge with the spirit of a wayfarer. There is a gift that we human beings have that provides deep insight into not only humanity as a whole, but insight into ourselves as individuals. We all have the ability to be creative, and despite our skill level, we all have the ability to be artistically creative. When we engage in artistic creativity, we see some part of ourselves or even many parts of ourselves become manifest. There is a reason why psychologists invite their patients to draw their experiences or feelings, because such creativity is expressive and allows us to put forward ideas that we cannot put into words or are somehow reticent to speak about directly. We are all individual human beings, even though we are often influenced one another and have a lot of learned behaviors and ideas that we acquire from others, we have an internal navigator that is ourselves that chooses what to accept and what to reject in our learning. Some of us are more critical and skeptical about what we adopt from others and still others are not so picky. Either way, the sum total of every individual’s experience, knowledge, and beliefs are unique. Engaging in artistic creation is an important key to self-knowledge and humanistic understanding. Self-knowledge is one of the most important aspects to the pursuit of knowledge in our life’s journey.
Every human being who is not afflicted by some negative condition craves freedom. It is an important part of our nature. Yet, historically speaking, free societies are rare, and even in the modern era, free societies are constantly being challenged by those who wish to control others or think that they know how populations of people should be made to live “for the good of the whole” of course. The good of the whole is best served by the balance of freedom between the individuals that make up a society. This balance is called liberty. One individual’s freedom ends where another individual’s freedom begins. While there are an infinite number of interactions between individual people and some circumstances make it difficult to find where the balance is between each individual’s freedom in each case, the pursuit of liberty is nonetheless vital. It’s opposite, tyranny, brings hell on the whole society, except for the chess masters who have too much power over the society. To explore this subject means to take on a lofty task of thinking, writing, and studying. It take a knowledge of history to see what has worked best for the freedom of people within a society and what has not. It takes honesty, and the will to balance others’ interests with one’s own interests. Yet, such a balance does require that one does not neglect ONE’S OWN INTEREST, for the champions of tyranny always push the individual to sacrifice “for the good of the whole” in push a way that each individual within the whole is sacrificing and none are benefitting. The balance between the freedoms of individuals and society must be kept as a balance between each individual of the society, not kept as a way to constantly pit individuals in a struggle against society.
Pursuing knowledge in one’s life journey can be performed under tyranny, but life provides us with enough challenges and obstacles to overcome without there being a centralized authority crushing us on top of that. In societies where freedom is greatly reduces, the pursuit of TRUE knowledge becomes difficult, if not impossible, for information, communication, and even thought becomes propaganda to serve the interests of those who are in power. Acquiring knowledge that is not true is useless and a waste of the precious moments that we have in our rather short lives. A free society allows the individual to grow, prosper, evolve, and learn, and as result, the society as a whole is more prosperous, more evolved, and more learned.
Convictions of a Wayfarer in the Pursuit of Knowledge
The Wayfarer Project is not attempting to start a movement, a religion, a society, a club, nor an institution of any kind. TWP strives to communicate knowledge, learn knowledge, and remain open for discussion between individuals who wish to embark on a path to knowledge or are already on a path to knowledge of their own design. There are some core principles, however, that one might wish to keep in mind for a productive journey:
- Being honest with oneself is necessary n learning about one’s self.
- Taking responsibility for one’s own words, deeds, and prosperity is an essential part of being honest with one’s self. No one else is responsible for you, unless you are a child being cared for by a parent, or are sincerely unable to take care of yourself in some ways or in general. While we may need to reach out for help now and then, any help received should be appreciated, and one should return the generosity in a balanced way. Being a parasite, or a taker is being dishonest with one’s self and encroaches on the liberties of others. It all comes back to the golden rule, treat others as you would have them treat you.
- One should defends one’s own rights and self interest so long as it does not encroach on another’s. If one’s generosity is abused, it should be retracted. Defeating one’s self hinders one’s own ability to pursue a life of knowledge and a life of personal fulfillment.
- One should be a defender of another’s liberties, for taking advantage of another, stealing from another, abusing another, or harming another in any way is not the way you would want your life’s journey to treat you.
5. Always search for the truth. Learning that which is false serves no person, but is rather, a hindrance to acquiring knowledge. Yet, be open to the truth, even when you do not wish to accept it. Otherwise, you are acquiring false knowledge of your own making.
- It is advantageous to look at the world around you as a reflection of yourself. This reflection is like a yin and a yang. The world around you reveals that which is true about yourself as well as that which is false about yourself at the same time, in a perfect balance.
- Live life with a wayfarer’s spirit, knowing that it is a journey with something to learn every step of the way. Acquire knowledge that is true and learn about yourself, the world around you, and the universe, both that which is seen and that which isn’t.
- A state of victimhood is only valid with specificity of an incident and a perpetrator. Victimhood should not be used as general status or self-prescribed label. Declaring oneself a victim as a self-declared general label is just apassive-agressive method of trying to achieve advantage over or to manipulate others.
About the Author
The Wayfarer Project is authored by Dr. Lawrence W. Moore, a composer, multimedia artist, software developer, and professor of higher education. Moore releases music and video works that are of a new age, world beat, and meditational nature under the artist name Wayfarer, as well as academic-oriented, experimental music and video art under his own name. Moore also creates software for the creation and performance of music and multimedia art and authors educational materials for those who are interested in music technology and multimedia art.
For more information on Lawrence W. Moore’s professional endeavors as an academician and his work in academically-oriented experimental music and multimedia composition, please visit: LWM Music.
Wayfarer is the artist name and collaborative entity that is a vessel for Moore’s work in music and video that is more of a new age, world beat, and meditational nature. For more information on Wayfarer, please visit: The Music of Wayfarer.