Sunday, August 25, 2013
"You know, I once read an interesting book which said that most people lost in the wilds die of shame. Yeah, they die of shame. 'What did I do wrong? How could I have gotten myself into this?' And so they sit there and they die. Because they didn't do the one thing that would save their lives—thinking."
—adapted from dialog from The Edge by David Mamet
So this class is about survival, which perhaps is about more than a set of learned skills. Undeniably, one’s chances of survival can be improved by a passing knowledge of some skills and a modicum of preparedness. Students in this class will practice building shelters, making fire, plant identification, and first aid. They will be taught the importance of material preparedness. But, without mental preparedness one is unlikely to apply the knowledge that one holds. Which implies a harder but arguably more important goal for the class—to slow these kids down long enough and to keep them quiet enough to see the world through calm eyes and open ears—to take in their surroundings, to begin to understand how the world functions and to find their places in it. In this way, the psychology of survival can apply as much to common daily life choices as it does to the much rarer event of needing to making it out of the wilderness alive in a critical situation. Oh, and the class is fun.....
BBC World News
- Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say.
- Ukrainian troops blocked in town Ukrainian troops entering an eastern flashpoint town are blocked by civilians, while Nato announces it will beef up its defences.
- Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire' The girlfriend of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession, a forensics expert says, contradicting police ballistics testimony.
- Mini-sub continues search for plane A robotic submarine continues its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean.
- Beard trend 'guided by evolution' The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
- Search after Nigeria school kidnap The Nigerian military joins the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast.