40. Stranger in my own land

The lost son returns home after a long world-trip. Everything seemed the same at first sight. Yet appearances are deceiving, even in familiar territory. Deep down, he knew that ”the real life” and the “normal” world don’t appeal to him. All good? Well, all the best…

39. All alone in the world

Ben had no contact with anyone for over a week. After finishing his hike through no man’s land, he suddenly stands face to face with another human. He struck up some small-talk with watery eyes. Damn. Human contact can be so great. Even the strangest birds can’t live without some sort of connection…

38. Guilty of thought-crimes

Ben’s attention jumped in all directions again. Discipline gone, clarity gone. That’s why he returned to the meditation center like a lost son. Simply volunteering. Seems very utopian. Well, no. Appearances are deceptive. The urge to control is everywhere. Even in a place with so-called acceptance and letting go…

37. Talking a lot without saying anything

It was a long ‘workday’ of excessive talking. Not much was said. Ben had to hear it all out with grinding teeth. Daydreams, sugar bombs, fresh air, stimulants, rest: nothing would help to endure this senseless drivel. Just sit it out, observe the compulsive chatter and take notes…

36. Staying at home and refusing work are OK

The corona-madness slings Ben from the frying pan into the fire. He considers a new killer job, despite his prior renouncing of the meat industry. Weird times ask for odd choices. Then this crazy train of thought crashed. Over my dead body! This picky migrant worker will simply enjoy this memorable staycation…

35. Wi-Fi and 200 grams of e-opium please

Ben returns to modernity after a smartphone-free experiment. This phase of life had a sobering conclusion: use useful tools wisely, constructively and in moderation. Do everyone a favor and simply resist the vacuum of this portable black hole. Great plan! Although making it happen is easier said than done…