Here ends 2350 miles by each other's side. On the right, a former LDS missionary turned current quasi-Nihilist; on the left, a former quasi-Nihilist turned current gospel missionary serving @ag_usa. Both Eagle Scouts. Celebrating being home. 5 days. 110 hours. Adventures and misadventures ensued, though mostly we talked.
• We talked about art versus business, Europe versus America, Kendrick versus Chance, spiritual warriors versus mindless consumers, evil versus righteousness.
• About healthy cultures and sick utopianism, intentional communities and thoughtless societies, foolhardy violence and the hot coals of nonviolence, Idealist naïveté and Pragmatic clumsiness, the unbearable cruelty of folk-theology platitudes.
• We agreed about politics; we disagreed about religion. We agreed about religion; we disagreed about politics.
• We talked about watching people die, suffering. About watching people live, without appreciation or thought.
• Empires and insurgents. Fievel Goes West being underrated. Women we once built our lives around. We cursed Gnostic anti-materialism; made investments/gambles; we both held our tongues as Vedanta "swamis" chanted prayers of thankfulness to God over our food. We appreciated movies we've seen, we've made, and we spent hours planning ones that for now are our distant dreams. We hit parked cars, toured wild art houses, leapt off dunes, ran out of gas, discussed truth and consequences, drove past Truth or Consequences.
• We reveled in California's superiority and got haughty; she threatened to kill us and we got humble. We surveyed the desert in awe (White Sands); we surveyed the desert in fear (Joshua Tree).
• An amazing odyssey. Thank you Jared! See you soon my friend!