BadAss Central

Uruguay, like Albania, Turkish Northern Cyprus and Malta strikes me as a great place to retire to and go my mind my own business and retreat from the world (and in case of a WWIII, that’s exactly where I’ll be headed). Great climate, remote beaches (Punta Del Este is where the South American jet set party in December and January), leftist government, friendly and quiet locals, low cost of living.

A typical Punta beach

From what I understand, you can live like a king  on $1000 a month while $700 a month  with get you by with no discomfort at all.  Uruguay also has the best seaside grill restaurant on Earth (badass foodie, Anthony Bourdain raves about Uruguay).

I recently came across an article which many of the alternative news outlets and conspiracy websites have picked up in the last few days, about “The Poorest President in the World”.

He is Uruguayan president, José “Pepe” Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter, turned-flower-farmer who gives away 90% on his income and claims his aging Volkswagen Beetle as his only asset. He’s been shot at 6 times, spent 14 years in prison, two of which were at the bottom of a well. That makes him a true badass. On top of that he recently legalized marijuana in Uruguay. He’s a vegetarian atheist with no kids.


El Presidente, Jose Mujica on his farm, with his 3-legged dog

“I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more,” he says. This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself,” he says. I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”

Mujica,  reminds me of another non-materialist, Daniel Suelo aka “The Man Who Quit Money”, a desert freegan who lives in the Utah wilderness near Moab and the subject of the best-seller with the same title.

Suelo, at his home.

“You pay a prostitute to “make love” to you. You know the act is not real, you know that neither you nor the prostitute is being real. You’re paying for illusion. It’s artificial love. The “love” is an idea, not a reality. We all know deep down that we can only love and be loved out of purely free will – spontaneous, free, unpaid for. Love cannot exist any other way. If it is not free it is not real. If you stop paying the prostitute, that isn’t going to make her love you, either. You must first love her and she must first love you, so that the idea of you paying her becomes totally revolting. This is why I am not for the abolishment of money. Money is not the evil, it is our not being Real, illusion, that is evil. Money itself is not real, but only a belief, an illusion.  
Now extend this principle of prostitution to every particle in the universe. Do you let things (anything !) come your way naturally, freely, spontaneously, or do you have to pay to make what you want happen?You prowl the dark streets forever chasing desire never fulfilled. You become the cynic, and your beliefs in the universe are self-fulfilling. All occurrences and people become untrustworthy in your self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Guys like this make my head spin, mostly because they are so far removed from the mainstream in their outlook and so pure in their vision that it gives me hope for the human race, that there are still outposts of intelligent, genuine, authentic and original life left on Earth. (Yes, I admit it, I’m a little cynical these days…)

Which leads me to the title of this post…

badass : (US, slang) A person whose extreme attitudes, behavior or appearance are considered admirable.

Being a badass is considered cool these days, and in an attempt to come across as a badass, you now see phonies either trying to buy their badassery or mimic being a badass, like any number of Hollywood starlets trying to revive sagging careers or pop music artists trying to capture their badassery of yesteryear, which has since disappeared.

Lady, please learn to age gracefully!

What guys like Mujica and Suelo show is that being a badass means:

1) Work on a badass mindset.

Think the way you want to think, don’t change your opinions to suit others.

Katherine Hepburn, skate-boarding well into her 60’s.

2) Be Brave.

This means saying and doing things which go against the current, even if no one agrees with you or you can be killed for saying it.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor who told Hitler where he could stick it.

3) Don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way.

That also includes the CIA.

Che Guevara, outfoxed the CIA and American operatives for years.

4) Stay in the right.

Think and say things which are the morally right things to do and say, don’t give two cents what others think.

Noam Chomsky’s biggest motivation is moral outrage.

5) Be real.

The enigmatic Greta Garbo, in her later years, long after she left film.
“See Mom, no plastic surgery!”

6) Have a no-nonsense style.

Don’t read Vogue or GQ. You won’t find badassery there. Make up your own.

Lemmy, from Motorhead, the one and only. A true original.

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