What is a Vagabond?


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Vagabonds possess personas/characteristics comparable to that of winged creatures or/and birds - enchained and angsty free-spirits, soaring throughout the infinite Universe, with the taint of aimlessness or rootlessness. They have the traits of what the Bible has fabled as "the prodigal son", which has involved misunderstood personalities, as well as dangerously adventurous tendencies.

Vagabonds have been perceived as drifters, idlers, oucasts, and/or wanderers. Avoid perceiving them as 'bums', though, as bums avoid traveling, wherein vagabonds have been reputed to be frequent travelers. The only 'bum-like' characteristic within the 'vagabond type' has lain upon their black, abyssic end-goal. Or lack, thereof.

It is of emptiness.

Vagabonds have been humanity's nomadic creatures, for they have seemed incapable of remaining upon one specific place/home.

Yet, what makes a person a vagabond? Definitely, the culprit falls upon the difference within one's personal meaning/direction/aim. The vagabond considers himself unable to determine his endpoint. Indeed, he is spiritually obscured. Yet, this flaw has been the trigger which has exactly formed the vagabond.

A vagabond is a person who has endevoured himself upon a personal, spiritual quest/adventure. He/she is aware of his lack of self-knowledge, or self-awareness. Henceforth, through risky journeys, ventures, or dares, a vagabond blissfully feels positioned upon the most unrefuted place where one experiences himself immune from doubt, confusion, or/and uncertainty. He feels himself dwelt upon self-discovery, thus, some future redemption.

Today, however, the term 'vagabond' has conquered the names of even the youngest, most innocent of human beings.The word, nowadays, has expanded itself as pertaining to someone who has been experiencing conflicts, in relation to their own identity. It has been welcomed as appropriate in describing a person who knows himself/herself to have lost his/her own identity/personality.

Yet, aside from self-awareness, what has seemed to be the force which influences the vagabond's actions, notwithstanding decisions, dwells upon the desperate yearning for freedom, as well as the attainment of the ultimate essence of life.

Vagabonds have shared a common dislike for limits, politics, traditions, and other such hindrances to personal desires and passions.

The label 'vagabond' has also been linked with that of rogues, who have unfortunately been enthroned with the cultural icon of villainy and criminality. Many have perceived them as idle creatures who have long carried their own, punishable worthlessness.

Whatever the matter, it has seemed that vagabonds' hindrances have all proved itself accountable upon political upheavals and societal torment.

The protagonist of Les Miserables, for example, has been driven into the heroic, vagabond reputation out of such inhumane political and societal abuse. Some artists have been known to send their messages directly, however. Ivan Vazov, a Bulgarian poet, novelist, and playright, has been internationally acclaimed with his best-known play, Vagabonds.

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