Authentic Bohemian

Personal Pedagogy, Random

I love the Bing commercials. That is exactly what happens to me when I search for things online or elsewhere; one thing leads to another and I am reading a random article about garden gnomes being descendants of Priapus-the Greek God that is best known for his permanent erection. (Hmm….sounds like a good follow-up post.)

So here is my Bing moment for today. I have several RSS feeds that I read daily and I was looking at a blog about bohemian style. I have been quite intrigued by the whole ideology of “Bohemianism.” I have traveled to the Czech Republic and spent weeks absorbing the culture and trying to identify with the marginalized people that live this carefree life and seek nothing else but to create and recreate art. After several clicks I found myself “researching” the idea of a Bohemian lifestyle in America. I came across something spectacular; the impish American writer and Bohemian Club member Gelett Burgess, who coined the word “blurb” among other things, supplied this description of the amorphous place called Bohemia:

To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment—to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind—to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none—to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art—this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in his outward and visible aspect. It is a light and graceful philosophy, but it is the Gospel of the Moment, this exoteric phase of the Bohemian religion; and if, in some noble natures, it rises to a bold simplicity and naturalness, it may also lend its butterfly precepts to some very pretty vices and lovable faults, for in Bohemia one may find almost every sin save that of Hypocrisy. …

His faults are more commonly those of self-indulgence, thoughtlessness, vanity and procrastination, and these usually go hand-in-hand with generosity, love and charity; for it is not enough to be one’s self in Bohemia, one must allow others to be themselves, as well. …

What, then, is it that makes this mystical empire of Bohemia unique, and what is the charm of its mental fairyland? It is this: there are no roads in all Bohemia! One must choose and find one’s own path, be one’s own self, live one’s own life.

Hiking in the Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic

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