I think I’m probably a bit of an epicurean. almost joined a monastery in my mid 20s (went through an uber religious questing thing for a few years) – later found out the ‘friendship communities” were based on epicurean communities historically.
As a boy, I was enamored by John Holt (unschooling stuff) and especially by Summerhill – experimental British school from the 1920s. – I was like 12-13 when I ploughed through those books. Convinced to get the heck out of public school, managed to scholarship myself (essays) to a tiny private school for high school which was as close as I was gonna get.
Never fully understood politics, governments, etc. I mean I do and don’t; had strong opinions about some subjects but these I was ignorant of until SUPER late – and I had to take online tests to find out where my political stance was.
I figured I was just in the middle somewhere. No idea how far off in “far-left” land I was ’til 2014 – 42 yrs old.
I’ve run a tiny business for 18 years but never understood profit motive – i run it more like a non-profit I think or it seems. Was successful investing once upon a time (how I got this mortgage) but never really understood markets and capitalism. It was just silly games and still is to me.
yet it’s all crucially important somehow. I keep learning.