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
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- Australia court bans gay marriage Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
- US and UK suspend Syria rebel aid The US and UK suspend "non-lethal assistance" to rebels in northern Syria - but not humanitarian aid - after an Islamist alliance seizes FSA bases.
- Cave holds stunning tsunami clues A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean stretching back thousands of years.
- Enormous earthquakes 'unrecorded’ The Earth could have been struck by many more huge earthquakes in its recent history than was previously thought, scientists say.