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Building a new Bohemia

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

Recreating a new reality starts with a dream and then a framework. It means identifying fantasies that have been picked up somewhere else like a psychic virus and eliminating them. It means setting the back wash on which the detailed brush strokes can be made, bit by bit, piece by piece. It is starting in response to a pull from somewhere. Do not wait for the push. The little prods that start as irritations and build to blockages until the push becomes a shove from being backed into a corner with nowhere else to turn. Believe me I have been there and at the moment there is a pull afoot and this piece, quoted below is my backdrop;

"To live in Bohemia is to take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment—to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind—to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none—to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art—this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in her outward and visible aspect. It is a light and graceful philosophy, but it is the Gospel of the Moment, this esoteric phase of the Bohemian religion; and if, in some noble natures, it rises to a bold simplicity and naturalness, it may also lend its butterfly precepts to some very pretty vices and lovable faults, for in Bohemia one may find almost every sin save that of Hypocrisy. ...

Her faults are more commonly those of self-indulgence, thoughtlessness, vanity and procrastination, and these usually go hand-in-hand with generosity, love and charity; for it is not enough to be one’s self in Bohemia, one must allow others to be themselves, as well. ...

What, then, is it that makes this mystical empire of Bohemia unique, and what is the charm of its mental fairyland? It is this: there are no roads in all Bohemia! One must choose and find one’s own path, be one’s own self, live one’s own life. "(Ayloh, 1902[15])

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