I was looking through an old notebook from the fall, 2007 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester course last night and I found a quotation I wrote down spoken by Mors Kochanski when he was here for the final week. It was November 1st, 2007, and we were up late discussing the role of bushcraft and wilderness survival with the semester students. The discussion focused on the breadth of skills and knowledge held by indigenous people and how poorly educated most people today are with regard to anything practical. Then Mors said:
“This is not wilderness survival. It’s fundamental knowledge of what it means to be an educated human.”
Self-reliance isn’t high on the list of what our culture determines to be fundamental knowledge of what it means to be an educated human. Thankfully there are still guys like Mors carrying the torch.