Running away from running away
I went for a run today. Outside on the promenade, it was chilly and delicious. I don't run, I don't know how to run. The few times that I have its always been on a machine — safe, measured and deliberate. I heard TED radio hour’s podcast on going to the edge. It was mildly ironic listening to 4 people talk about incredibly unique adventures on a Sunday morning staring that the corporate skyline of downtown Manhattan. I loved the podcast and decided to write something about each adventurer.
I remember seeing Man On Wire on Netflix a while ago. Its a weirdly made movie, enticing — hinting that there is probably another story behind the one that is being told.
I remember reading about her solo row across the Atlantic. Listening to her, I was scared. She worked in one of those cubicles just like me as a management consultant (probably made more money than me) but suddenly decided to row across the Atlantic ocean. Its such a high — just thinking that someone could just pick up and start an adventure that could change one’s life. Her book is definitely on my wishlist. She sat one day in
her cubicle and quite morbidly decided to write her own obituary and unhappy with the result she decided to write a better one and made achieving that her goal. Its an interesting and potentially devastating exercise. Not something that I am willing to do today. She has also created eco-heros — an interesting concept.
Bill Stone is a great story teller with a great story. I never thought that climbing back up with all the equipment is the challenging part. I always assumed that it was the descent that is the daredevilry. Bill is also a great engineer — his company stone aerospace makes some wicked robots. His books has great reviews on Amazon and on my backlog. The ques-
tion which was asked in the podcast was that mundane — Why?
And I think Bill’s answer that the sum total increase in the knowledge which would a few more lines in computer generated 3D map of the cave describes the true sense of discovery and the human endeavor to achieve that. The constant fear and thrill of rocks and water — the ever powerful forces of nature in the untamed, unseen and untouched deeps of a cave is inviting. I did stumble into In Deep - The dark and dangerous world of extreme cavers a fascinating read.
Ben’s TED talk is a must watch. His answer to the Why? question is reading what Mallory said when asked about why should we climb the Everest.
His later talk on leaving the house is also very good.