Reflections on the Fundamentals of Life

These notes stem from Jonathan Raban’s ‘Coasting’ and Julian Temple’s forthcoming ‘The Future is Unwritten’ about Joe Strummer.

‘Coasting’ first made me reflect on what are the essentials of life as Raban sailed around the coast of Britain in a pretty basic vessel, focusing the mind on those essentials.

There’s a theme of campfires in the Strummer film I saw last night – communal fire as the hub of happiness and music.

AIR

WATER
FOOD

SLEEP

Dark
Light

LIGHT
WARMTH

Fire

Shelter
Clothing

Waste
Hygiene

SEX – Reproduction
Company
Community

LOVE – as child
LOVE – as parent

Milk Love
Honey Love (love of life) [Erich Fromm]

Individual
Family
Kind

Learning/Education

Survival
Growth
Control?

Environment

Work
ART
Creativity
Self-expression

Justice

[This is a work in progress]

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7 comments so far

  1. gadgets on

    Il `che costeggia’ in primo luogo lo ha incitato a riflettere su che cosa sono il necessario di vita mentre Raban ha navigato intorno al litorale della Gran-Bretagna in un vaso di base grazioso, mettente a fuoco la mente su quel necessario. Ci è un tema dei campfires nella pellicola di Strummer io sega la notte scorsa – fuoco comunale come il mozzo di felicità e di musica.

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  2. ArkAngel on

    I’m delighted to have my first interaction with Italy through this blog but sadly my Italian is limited to: Mi chiamo Adamo – sono Inglese – non parlo Italiano. (and that’s probably hopelessly mangled). Would you please translate for me – or do I need to go in search of a third party for translation?

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  3. ArkAngel on

    practicalpsychologist said…
    freedom from the need to feel free

    death – frankl (in doctor and the soul) – ‘those who fear death and those who have guilt about their life’

    to create what you can only imagine

    and for me:

    Solitude
    An increasing desire for love
    To remain impatient for success

    February 15, 2007 10:40 AM

    arkangel said…
    I guess Jonathan Swift for one would agree with you about Death being a fundamental of life. Living forever is no party if I remember Gulliver’s Travels correctly.

    February 15, 2007 12:41 PM

    practicalpsychologist said…
    A typo – Frankl – ‘those who fear death are those who have guilt about their life’.

    I increasingly feel that everything I do in life is dictated by my fear of getting to the point of death and thinking that I did not do half as much as I could have done or enjoyed half as much as I should have done.

    February 15, 2007 12:53 PM

    arkangel said…
    That’s a pretty healthy fear – provided you act on it

    February 15, 2007 12:54 PM

    practicalpsychologist said…
    Well I must confess that I this healthy fear is sometimes overtaken by my intrinsic laziness. But I get there in the end. For example I should now be working hard on my presentation in Cologne (new client – United Nations Framwork Convention on Climate Change) next week but I am filling up my itunes and reading blogs instead.

    February 15, 2007 1:22 PM

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  4. ArkAngel on

    Julien Temple on The Future is Unwritten:

    “The flickering flame and the mystery of the face half-obscured give you a lot more drama visually. It’s also a great place to interview someone because they lose their self-consciousness when looking in the flames.

    There’s also something about the circle around the fire. I wanted people to get the idea that Joe’s life did close a circle at the end. … he made it clear that he thought [these campfires] were the most important thing he’d ever done, more even than the music. He brought together people from madly different backgrounds: duchesses and priests and car-thieves and soldiers. … He’d just say let’s have a fire! And he’d have one every other week. They’d go on for five days in his yard.”

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  5. ArkAngel on

    “It seems to me that our three basic needs for food and security and love are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of
    one without the others.”
    M.F.K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher, writer (1908-1992)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._F._K._Fisher
    http://www.mfkfisher.com/

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  6. […] the early days of Simple Pleasures 4 I began reflecting on what people really need, a stream of consciousness prompted by a Demos gathering which reminded me of a book which had […]

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  7. Michael Tim on

    I love your site!

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