Tom Brown Jr.
Many people I speak to at lectures and
seminars, who are not into the natural world, seem to ask the same old question:
"Why do people want to learn how to survive?". The answer to that
question usually takes quite some time to answer, not only because there are
many answers but also because they are touching on a rather deep philosophy and
The most obvious reasons that a person seeks
survival is that survival training gives that person an insurance policy that
insures his survival if he finds himself in a bad situation during a campout or
backpacking trip. Other reasons would be that the person likes the old ways and
learning the ancient skills and truths, or the satisfaction in knowing that no
matter what the economy does he will be able to provide for his or her family, a
sort of self confidence builder. The reasons go far deeper than these few
obvious, superficial ones.
Survival is a philosophy, a technique, that
reconnects a person to the natural world, and gets his feet back to the soil,
like nothing else can. All the camping, hiking, endless conditioning, and other
activities that are done close to the earth will never allow that person to pass
through that veil and become one with the earth. Survival living opens up that
veil and allows that person to pass through, entering the world of oneness with
creation, and establishing the natural world as a viable part of himself. He
learns to communicate with things and get in touch with his inner voice and the
voices around him.
Survival living, where everything we use, is
taken from earth mother in a real way, makes us realize that connection, and we
begin to see the earth as our mother and all things of the earth, brothers and
sisters. The beauties of the natural world are no longer something to be enjoyed
and marveled at but a real and viable part of our existence and love. Survival
living connects us back to the earth as nothing else can, in a real way, a
working way, that stays part of us, and one with us, forever. Choose survival,
for that is the only way back to the Creator.
From The Tracker magazine, Summer 1982,
published by the Tracker School.
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