On the first page of Dharma Bums,

In professor mode today, for sure.

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the narrator mentions how “Charlie Parker’d been mad and relaxed back to normal health…” Further into this book we read, it should be brought up, or at least entertained if these characters’ habits and modes are “healthy”.  I argue they are, in the short-term.  Searching and searching…. Search is necessitated in finding purpose.  The wander is part of the equation.  But, there should be at least mild awareness of what you want, what kind of destination you hope to reach.  As characters with rich and curious souls, they are anything but “bums”.  They are travelers, students, seekers.  The order is in their search.  There’s the trust of the stranger, the enjoyment of the stranger, the kindness toward the stranger.  This is entirely healthy.  Not just in the civil attributes, but with the openness of soul.  The way Ray asks the thin old little bum to watch his pack while he…

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