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…

34. Rather not in my backyard

Ben unexpectedly ends up amidst an armed conflict between man and Mother Nature. After a lot of screaming and rifle-swaying, the confrontation didn’t turn ugly. Yet this wasn’t the last we’ve seen of it. Everyone knows that this will happen again sooner or later. So… now what? Bring on the final solution…