Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Faces become strange

Faces become strange Too long on the path - The Path of Wildness

Adventuring is hazardous not only to the body but also to the mind, to our sense of connection, our ability to function successfully within groups, and even our capacity to relate and communicate our thoughts to those we hope to influence or establish and maintain bonds with. But it takes more than casual adventuring to inflict such damaging change. A weekend outing in the mountains or even a season or a year-long trek abroad may do little worse to our psyche than cause a healthy future ache and longing for more. No, the type of damage (if damage it can be properly called) comes not from too much time away but rather from an excess dedication and The Path of Wildness is a hiking philosophy - The Path of Wildness - THUMBNAILapplication of living in the direction of escape and isolation. The hazard is most acute with those who never gained a satisfactory (from their perspective) foothold in society and the status-quo and who have enough will or personal drive to make a strong break from convention in the direction of their first inclination. If the force of departure is strong enough, their inertia of will may take them on a very distant (though likely circuitous as all orbits are oblique) course away and back from the fraternity of their origin. As such adventurous natures are often also quite inquisitive and probing they may discover startling, unlikely and fantastic “facts” during their travels; experiences sublime and perhaps hardly eligible for compare with the workaday reality from whence the traveler did depart. These experiences cannot help but change the adventurer, making them over in the shape and color of the alien living they have known. If the duration abroad was long enough and the ambition of the traveler quite keen then when we see them again their aspect and carriage must be as one from another world, someone long on the path, who’s communication resembles semaphores from the edge.

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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