September 13, 2013

"There is something deeply beautiful about how Mule is living."

"Just read through his Facebook page to see how much people admire his deliberate wanderings and his simple, poetic insights. Many of the things he says about development, the 'Megatropolis,' and balance sound almost prophetic. It's especially captivating to hear him talk about his way of life as a place in and of itself. 'These mules and the way that we are living is a place. It's got its own magic, there's no doubt about it. We are protected and guided. I'm out there on the side of the road, with cars coming at us, and there is something protecting and guiding us. This place has got its rules. You only take what you need, and you give your hope and your faith to this place. It's a great place to be.'"

From an article in The Atlantic called "There Is a Man Wandering Around California With 3 Mules."

How can he be offering himself as an example of how to live? How many people wandering around with mules would it take before it would no longer be true that — as the article states — "It’s rare to find places where mules are explicitly prohibited by law"?

8 comments:

Mark O said...

Platero y yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez was published in 1914. Donkey, not mule.

Henry said...

I wonder if his first name is Rango.

mrs. e said...

From the quote, I hear a story of faith and believing that you'll be protected, that you'll be given what you need. His story includes mules - mine wouldn't.

traditionalguy said...

Mr. Mule is a hundred years behind times. In 1913 his way of lie would have been normal along the California coast.

His arrest in Gilroy was in the heart of the agricultural lands that used migrants with their mules pulling wagons over dirt roads through the Valleys from harvest to harvest.

And much of Hwy 101 in California goes along the original road that Fra Junipero Serra walked with his mule/donkey going from mission to mission. That was in the 1780s. From his headquarters at Carmel, his trips went north to the San Francisco Mission and then up as far as the Petaluma Mission, and also went south to the San Diego Mission. Mules are great walkers.

Fra Serra was made a Saint, but not his faithful mule.

Rocketeer said...

These poor mules don't even realize they've been converted to Sufism against their wills.

Strelnikov said...

Also, deeply stupid.

Clyde said...

I suppose it's not as foolish as dribbling a soccer ball alongside the road. The dude who did that got run over. It's easier to see a guy with three big ol' mules.

I guess it takes all kinds to make up the 36% who aren't in the work force.

Crunchy Frog said...

Two of the mules are for Sister Sara.