reply to post by faceoff85
hehehe... even though I share your enthousiasm for silence and a fire to light your lvivingspace, I dont know if this is worthy of ATS
I see the relevance to ATS quite quickly, as soon as I read the opener! We are speaking about a society hooked on power, and every day spent with such
a luxury is a day spent not honing the skills needed to survive without it. Then again, why bother with practicing survival skills unless you need to,
since it's such a misery to adapt to that lifestyle?
I've been camping for a month and a half this year (& seven months last year hehe), and I think the key is preparation and making the experience an
enjoyable one. My tent is a mosquito-netted anti-insect dome with the fly off, and waking up with the morning sun reflecting through a vast forest is
always a worthwhile experience. A hundred tealights keep the nights usefully extended past dark, and with a folding chair in the tent, the forest and
it's creatures make a perfect muse. Two storm tarps keep off the worst of the rain, and I find, after last years time investment, I can walk for
hours in the rain and it won't bother me at all. There's no stove this time around, all my food is uncooked, or occasionally canned. The spot is
remote enough to ensure that only good friends visit who know where I'm at.
Showering, shaving, etc takes place at the gym, in the lake, or friends places in town. Rent and utility bills are zero; I can devote the money I earn
to debts and direct benefits in this life I've chosen to lead! Instead of dwelling on games, tv, and a thousand other worries, my surroundings
enstill the madnesses of culture to a distant drone, and leave me free to concentrate on what is most productive for the day. Instead, my mind is
inspired to plan gardens, build shelters, consider wildlife, pollution, and health issues. What society has become is highlighted against this most
sensible backdrop, and what was hard to see and decipher while embroiled in its midst is now more properly seen as the misguided alternate lifestyle
which many on ATS take good pains to describe.
I believe the candles flickering flame teaches us the universal secrets of Compensation. To that point, I can't think of anyone who has described
this phenomenon better than Emerson.
The wings of Time are black and white,
Pied with morning and with night.
Mountain tall and ocean deep
Trembling balance duly keep.
In changing moon, in tidal wave,
Glows the feud of Want and Have.
Gauge of more and less through space
Electric star and pencil plays.
The lonely Earth amid the balls
That hurry through the eternal halls,
A makeweight flying to the void,
Or compensatory spark,
Shoots across the neutral Dark.
Man's the elm, and Wealth the vine;
Stanch and strong the tendrils twine:
Though the frail ringlets thee deceive,
None from its stock that vine can reave.
Fear not, then, thou child infirm,
There's no god dare wrong a worm.
Laurel crowns cleave to deserts,
And power to him who power exerts;
Hast not thy share? On winged feet,
Lo! it rushes thee to meet;
And all that Nature made thy own,
Floating in air or pent in stone,
Will rive the hills and swim the sea,
And, like thy shadow, follow thee.
Essay: Compensation, Ralph Waldo Emerson