I’ve always been in awe of nature. It’s breathtakingly gorgeous, but also extremely dangerous, cruel and indifferent. Nature doesn’t care if you freeze to death or die of thirst. It doesn’t care if you fall off a cliff or drown in a river. All it cares about is its balance. As humans, our challenge was to fit into this balance as best as possible. From our time as cavemen until now, we have learned to survive on Earth, but how was it done? How much trial and error did it take until we were able to secure the essentials, build tools, find shelter? These are questions modern humans struggle to really wrap their heads around.
Say you were placed in a remote location in the woods and forced to survive without anything other than your bare hands. Could you do it? Absolutely not. You would die in a matter of days, but not this guy. Said guy doesn’t have a name and doesn’t talk, but he does run a hugely successful youtube channel called “Primitive Technology.” In his videos, he builds tools and shelters from scratch without anything other than his bare hands. To make matters more impressive, he does this in the Australian bush, which we all know is always trying to kill you. Perhaps the best way to understand what he actually does is to watch a few of his videos. This one of him making a wattle and daub hut.
I think it is just absolutely amazing the amount of work, patience and perseverance that goes into making something like this. This guy, I assume, goes home to his real house after putting in a days work, which makes the fact that people had to do this for real all the more impressive. If nothing, seeing videos like this just help to remind me that I am a soft, sheltered, ninny who should be appreciative of the hard work and ingenuity of others. And by god, seeing things like this make me appreciative of simple things like houses, clothes, running clean water, accessible food sources and air conditioning.
Although the thought of living out in the middle of nowhere with nothing seems like a death wish, it kind of makes you want to go out and learn how to make simple things. I imagine there is something really fulfilling about being able to stand on your own two feet in the world without the assistance of anything other than your mind and body.
P.S. I know I sound like this,
but I think we all have a duty to seek context about our reality and work to appreciate everything and everyone that goes into making it good.