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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
3) Don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way.
That also includes the CIA.
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.
5) Be real.
6) Have a no-nonsense style.
Don’t read Vogue or GQ. You won’t find badassery there. Make up your own.