To Be Savage
To Be Savage
Free yourself from the fodder they feed to the cattle and all domesticated beasts alike. From the ground up these rulers of the industrial systems, farms to factories, seek to numb the minds of their livestock, and snuff out the fire that is their soul, making them easy to control and use. Would this food not do the same to you? The answer, and it is shown in so many studies and in so many ways, this food, processed and manipulated into forms that contradict what our bodies and minds really desire, turns us weak, docile, processed and manipulated as well.
And so learning this, and knowing this, I have taken the words of Aubrey Marcus to heart when she said “A wild man is not built for animal husbandry. He is a force. He is a cause for an effect. He is a mission”.
It was no wonder that when years ago as I walked beside a wise old man who was teaching me plants in the forest, whose eyes glowed with fire and life despite his age, had said “to keep your soul wild and free, you must eat something that is wild and free at least once a day.”, that it felt so true for me in ways I didn’t even know. But I took that man’s advice, and ate a wild thing every day, and now I know.
As Mao once beautifully said, “Physical education not only strengthens the body but also enhances our knowledge. There is a saying: Civilize the mind and make savage the body. This is an apt saying. In order to civilize the mind one must first make savage the body. If the body is made savage, then the civilized mind will follow.”
We must journey to re-wild ourselves, and make our bodies “savage” once again. A word that by definition in our modern terms means “a member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized.” or “(of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled”. And so as I have journeyed further and further into my life and dedication to re-wilding myself, growing my own food, eating from the earth, growing my hair long as it would naturally be, freeing my feet from shoes and connecting to the soil, and training my body to be strong, explosive and wild, I have felt my mind open, strengthen, and become more civilized than I could have ever imagined. I am savage, fierce and violent, but I am also a thinker, a lover, gentle, disciplined, and I am certainly more in control than I have ever been.
I hope you too, become savage, my friends.