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a daring adventure, or nothing
January 4th, 2013 by Paul Daniel Ash

There seem to be, in the main, two and only two schools of thought about the future: “OMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!” and “it’ll be fine, don’t worry about it.” Depending on where you stand politically, you might be at one extreme on, say climate, and at the other on something like the US public debt.

What seems to be missing is a forward-leaning, active view of the future as something we have the power to create, or at least materially affect.

On this page, I’m going to explore the idea of a more empowered outlook; not as a pollyannish blind optimism or a mindless faith in technology, but as a spirit of adventure. I’m talking about an attitude of resilience rather than fear or mere hope. The future I want to build is less about walls and gates as it is about roads and bridges. The way we’ve been living on has put a lot of dangers in our path. I’m interested in taking an undaunted look at all of those dangers, avoiding the ones we can, and preparing for the ones we can’t avoid or don’t even know about yet.

Tools, tips, tricks, habits of mind… clue-sticks, all of them: they’re what we’ll need to not only survive, but thrive in a challenging future.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller, author, activist, lecturer, humanitarian



4 Responses  
  • Mica writes:
    January 21st, 201310:54 pmat

    Bravo.

  • Pedinska writes:
    February 24th, 20136:20 pmat

    PDA, how lovely to find you (h/t bystander) out here in the hinterlands!

    I like this idea very much, that we can increase our capacity to be resilient and find workarounds that enable us to feel more secure in our lives without relying on external fallacies.

    Mr. P and I have explored this in recent years as we have shifter our gardening efforts from pretty to productive, focusing on grwoing edible crops and learning to preserve them. We are in the first steps of creating our own urban farm and are loving it.

    So good to *see* you again. Your voice has been missed.

    Take care and keep sharing your ideas.

  • blog home writes:
    May 3rd, 20135:33 amat

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  • Paul Daniel Ash writes:
    May 3rd, 20137:35 amat

    thank you, blog home. like you, I psychopedagogy a lot, except when I quantumflyfish.

    good luck with the move.


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