The concept of karma rings true for my wife and myself. She has spent most of her working life in service of others. Her work was in helping victims of domestic violence. She has operated shelters for battered women children. She also worked with the NY State Police training Cops DAs and even Judges on Laws and evidence for domestic violence. Like others here we have helped some others hat are down and out. Some have worked out others not so much. It is easy to get bitter. Say never again then sometimes you get big surprise. Someone you have helped gets back on their feet, will thank you with gratitude.
According to Mikki Dora Malibu went to the Dogs in 1964. The Chumash Indians will tell you it was 1664.
Good question Balsa, I have wondered the same. After I read the book For a Few Perfect Waves, my views kinda softened, once I realized the environment that produced him. Nevertheless, as an adult we have to make out own choices, can't keep blaming our past forever. Its a telling scenario that his best friend had to search his pockets for stolen jewelry or silverware every time he would leave after a visit! From reading the book, it does seem he came to realize and regret a lot of his errors in the end, but that doesn't change the pattern of his life, as you say. And as you noted, a lot of really deserving people have been overlooked, which is why in the end "legend" status means nothing to me. Often seems to be just hype used by people who want to sell something, or followers looking for a myth. Dora was a great surfer, a complex and troubled soul, who caused suffering and yet also himself suffered for his inability to form lasting bonds of loyalty and trust.
"It still will happen, from time to time, this magic moment, when you're out with only a few friends..." - G. Rainfray
In Miki's defense. He made no false assumption that he was doing anything else He was a vagabond and ended up living in Morocco and did do odd jobs to earn some sort of way, for most of the time that no one new where or what had become of him.
Mitch (Wavecraft Custom Surfboards)
Man I'm friggin' bummed that Miki followed the surf to Morroco and had to sweep a floor to get a meal after charging his flight to some other poor smo's credit card. Bummer Dude.
Ya me to McDing.
But he was Da'Cat
And if you were to warn others by saying "Beware of so-in-so". You'd be criticized because everyone knows him from the Beach and they all think he is so cool. I always tell them "if he's so cool, let him move in with you."
I too have tried to be compassionate to those in what seems to between a rock and a harder place.
Recently an employee of a biz nearby, she and the owner on the glass dick and he starts abusing her in all ways.
I intro'd her to my wife and said she needed a safe place, she asked if her BF could move in also, NO. Took my wife's car WO asking to cop dope.
One of the Swami's surf guy was sleeping at the beach, he worked at Channins at one time.
Loaned him a board, "don't surf it WO a leash", it was returned dinged top and bottom, took another and dinged it also.
Started begging from Bing, FU, Ding King and had a melt down when denied cash.
Biz owners said your "employee" has to go.
Put up one of my stepsons pals who's parents lost their home in the melt down, he stole my fathers gold bracelet.
Yes, no good deed goes unpunished
the parable of the good samaritan
ends... with the tables somewhat
re orientated.These experiential
anecdotes reinforce the moralist tale.
I decided,-I'm not qualified -
to change a diaper on a peer?
to take on an adult with more
demands than your best shakin'
Don't gamble more than you can afford to lose
starts to smell after 3 days?
and the samaritan watched 'that guy'
walk by... from the ditch on the roadside
huh? yep. cut your losses give em a
gallon of gas to get on down the line.
and mebe somthing to eat from the freezer.
and say perhaps
fair thee well.
ambrose M. curry III
in my experience, sometimes you help someone and they screw you over. Other times you help someone and it actually helps. Try not to let the former make you forget the latter...
I know a couple of homeless guys who surf at my regular spot. Live out of their vehicles. And they have got "issues" for sure. But they dont beg or ask for handouts, and they wouldn't steal from you. So I float them a 10 or 20 spot when I have it cuz work has been steady for me, and I know they can use it. I just say lunch is on me today, and they are always profusely thankful. Nothing wrong with helping a brah out now and then, and not too much risk of it coming back to bite me.