A Dark Tide in Human Affairs

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I was thinking today about large-scale social motion in a negative direction. Not as some sort of accident, but as the result of some deeper human sociological/psychological tides.I think of bikers and biker culture. The skull motif so penetrates biker culture that it makes its way onto everything -- bikes, t-shirts, leather jackets, bandanas, helmets, face masks, even tattoos. It's interesting to me that this nihilistic image is of such unquestionable importance, and has no … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Being Grownups on Planet Earth

Cowboy Dad

For most of the years I knew him, I unconsciously thought of my Cowboy Dad as “the grownup” in my life. Since he died, I’ve realized there were several side-effects of thinking that. One is that I cheated him out of all the years of ME being a grownup, so that we could be ... well, friendly equals, fellow MEN together. The other is that I cheated myself out of all those years of me being a grownup. All the endeavors and relationships in my life were approached in some degree of a child … [Read more...]

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


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 bag and two days wo … [Read more...]

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


Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Stomping KittensIn 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 risk. The requirement fo … [Read more...]

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


Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Technological ManGuns. 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 thousand years.C … [Read more...]

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


Parts:  One — Two — Three — Four — Five — Six — Seven — Eight Man PlusHow 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 doesn’t last more tha … [Read more...]