Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said, “Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason."
I am propelled to think that a strain of this thought explains the time suspension of this island- always at its premium (92 octane). For the past two months I have lived in the
same Creation I have been living my entire life but yet, as change always finds us, in an
entirely different Wormhole. In
observation of the local life (completely in separation of any and all tourist activity) I have been witnessing this 'freely chosen discipline' that Csikszentmihalyi talks about. There is little fear for the taking. As the pulse and rhythm of the waves call daily to those who partake it is hard to not notice the Flow of life that is procured. Fear seems of a certain absence while free choice is only balanced with a simple demand to survive to be able to Live in just this manner. It seems so easy to picture our American lives in this optimal (defined through balance) state does it not(?), yet on the mainland, the 60 hour work week has become commonplace. If we exert to the standard that we wish to create, no more, no less, then the rest of time is allocated for freely chosen disciplines. Our movement Playgrounds as Scott Kretchmar explains, open the doors to Stream accordingly. Here on the island, black Honda motorcycles or mopeds, Dubstep, longboards and surf boards are what appear to define "play". Let us begin to explore this localized phenomena. Shakas and "Howzits".