Oh man. I'm so excited you connected with this essay. And more importantly, I'm THRILLED that you've literally been engaged in your own "escape pod" experiment. I'd love to maybe ask you some questions about what led you to your approach, and how you're finding meaning after life in the military?
Also, to that end, you might also dig this essay:
It's an investigation of how inmates at San Quentin find meaning in the nightmare of prison.
Anyway, would love to keep this conversation going!