Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 8 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   This is the Truth: In my hunting days, I was headwaiter at a seafood restaurant in a little resort town in the California’s Eastern Sierra mountains. Hunting season had opened several days before, but I’d had to work every day. This was my last evening shift before I had a couple of days off, and I was ready to go. I had my new Ruger .30-06 rifle with a 7-power scope. I had my pack and my sleeping … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 7 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Stomping Kittens In America there is a safety-conscious social force backed up by the power of law – and constantly reinforced by frequent and large lawsuits – that decrees that every tiniest hint of danger must be stamped out of every activity. People must be taken care of. Even in the midst of our riskiest pastimes, we do everything possible – which is always considerable – to eliminate the … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 6 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Technological Man Guns. Fire. Helicopters. Radios. Infrared sights. Light-amplifying night scopes. Binoculars. Poisons. Traps. Electrified fences. Bulldozers. Chainsaws. Fishing nets. Maps. We humans live in a society where we can draw on the accomplishments and assets not only of our own families, not only of our own acquaintances, but the intellectual fruits of literal geniuses for the last ten … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 5 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Man Plus How often do human beings come in quantities of one? Certainly a lot of us can feel lonely at times, but we do that even when surrounded by scores of our fellows. Actually being completely alone in today’s world is really not that easy to accomplish. It is almost always the result of conscious choice – and great effort and expense – on the part of the camper, hiker, or cyclist, and usually … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 4 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Diet Ah, now wimpy little Man begins to really come into his own. Wouldn’t you just know that our ancestors, who didn’t seem to be good at much else compared to the other big beasties, would at least be good at eating? In fact, they were, and we are. We humans can eat everything from raw plants to long-rotten meat, and just about anything in between. We have versatile dentition that can cut, crush … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 3 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   Smell, Hearing and Taste We won’t find any advantages here. Pity poor Man, all domesticated and dumbed down so that his wild senses, if ever he had any good ones, are now blunted and tamed. All the other animals, with their razor-sharp sensory gifts beat us all to hell in this area. Even without the ever-present threat of slinking, silent predators, we seem barely well enough equipped to keep from … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 2 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   … Okay, it never happened. I did stand under the streetlight on that lonely highway, right enough. After hours of waiting, I began to study the darkness around me, projecting my fears into it, and as I began to think more and more of things that might lurk out there, I gradually froze into spooked immobility. Though I never saw or heard the merest evidence that anything was out there, I stood locked in … [Read more...]

Grizzly’s Gamble — Part 1 of 8 (Repost)

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Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight   This is The Lie: Back in my hitchhiking adventure days, I stood one night under a streetlight on a deserted highway outside a city in West Texas, waiting for a car to stop and give me a ride. Waiting, actually, even for a car to come along. Eventually there in the dark, I hadn’t seen one for more than an hour. An overcast sky and the dirty air of civilization killed even the stars overhead. … [Read more...]

Earth Day 2014: Thoughts Like Falling Leaves

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[This is a repost of a piece I did several years ago, slightly edited for 2014. This essay is also part of the conceptual force driving my thoughts on the need for Beta Culture.] Leaf One Con games and sleight-of-hand magic work because, one, we humans only have so much attention to spare at any one moment, and two, they direct that attention deliberately in one direction. If you look at where the finger points, you miss … well, everything else. Like the movie teen backing through a … [Read more...]

Pain As a Monument to Life

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The question always comes up: What do you say to someone who's lost a loved one to death? How do you comfort them? Maybe the only useful answer is that there is no real comfort, and that that's a good thing. A few days ago I found a microcassette tape of my Cowboy Dad talking to me. The tape is nothing special, it’s just him sitting there in his living room talking. Teaching me something ... and that was so HIM. I wish I had more such tapes. I wish I had video. Jeez, I want HIM back. But … [Read more...]