Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Precedence is abhorrent to those upon the path

Precedence is abhorrent to those upon the path - The Path of Wildness

The idea for this one came about as I held a mental picture of a succession of sunrises which appeared identical but which were in fact unique in that the sun rose each dawn in a slightly different location. The appearance of uniformity and regularity broke down upon closer inspection which fact made me rather glad. I began to think of how so many human endeavors begin (and often complete) by re-tracing the steps others have already made. Though I know that what has been proven successful in the past can be very helpful to us now I still rather dislike the natural and very reasonable human tendency to do again what was done before. Perhaps it’s my strong curiosity about what has not yet been found which would cause me to choose a more alien course over the better trod landscape. In this image we see the typical lighted way which represents courage and The Path of Wildness. And though the path is strong and well lit it nevertheless differs a bit from a more wild path in that their is a curious pattern at the start. This pattern represents precedence and the fact that someone else has already been down this way. This fact does not destroy the path though it does change it which fact is illustrated in the blue haze in the middle distance. The path goes somewhere though personally I would not likely step here and would prefer to look elsewhere for a more wild gateway with no evidence of past human trespass.

The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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