The Phenomenology of Wild

Phenomenology classically offers with lived expertise. A fleeting or one off expertise stands out as the area of poetry, however a variety of repeated experiences that may be mirrored upon is one thing a phenomenologist can get engaged on. The experiencer makes use of his personal data derived from the expertise and, going again and getting nearer, takes aside as a lot of the coalesced reminiscence of the expertise as he can. By doing this she or he arrives at issues unsuspected by the analytic method which fits from express data to conclusion with out teasing across the hinterland of tacit data.


After we repeatedly expertise a factor we construct up tacit and express data. There’s stuff we don’t even know we all know, we simply do it. There’s additionally the impact of maybe hidden or buried influences. There could also be a buried unconscious impulse lurking beneath the floor that impacts the expertise in methods that aren’t completely apparent.


As we progress in our have a look at what being wild means by way of expertise we are going to absolutely extra areas through which wildness performs a component and correspondingly extra methods to speak about being wild.



  1. 1.    My place to begin is to refer briefly to a ebook by anthropologist and structuralist Claud Levi-Strauss- L’homme Sauvage- translated because the Savage Thoughts. This ebook is of course fairly out of favour in present instances. It’s hardly politically appropriate to make use of such phrases as ‘savage’. And even to counsel there are several types of thoughts is probably racist not directly. However what the ebook does do, is spotlight a unique manner of organising data, and maybe a unique manner of experiencing. The ‘savage’ is a bricoleur- a bodger and improviser and a jack of all trades. The trendy man is a specialist. The thought of the polymath is fondly imagined to be one thing that solely utilized previously to such greats as Leonardo or Goethe. However these polymaths are nearer to the savage thoughts than a specialist.
  2. 2.    The ebook implies after all that the savage is inferior to us, that he can be higher off turning into extra like us, that crucially he has nothing to show us besides in an goal sense of accelerating details about savages. He has nothing to show us that may enhance or change our expertise of dwelling.
  3. 3.    What will get in the best way is that the primitive man or indigenous man is characterised as much less clever than us. There may be no Einstein lurking within the bushes clutching a spear. There’s after all some reality on this for a contactable tribe. Any little one with superior linguistic capabilities would have been attracted out and educated we surmise. What’s left behind is the people who find themselves not fairly as brilliant. However primitive man has no such escape. Primitive man, the cave dweller and rock artist, had simply as a lot uncooked intelligence as us. And we are going to see that he had a way more balanced view of man’s place in nature than we do. Although he couldn’t leverage his vitality as we are able to by way of machines, strategies and contrivances, he made up for that by superior wisdom- that is- foresight and alignment together with his surroundings over time.


Why are we tame and the way can we be extra wild?


Trendy life is tame. We’re like caged beasts so lengthy in a zoo we don’t know we’re institutionalised and imprisoned. We predict zoo life is normal- with the state or our employer doling out our cash which we’re then pressured to pay to the rentman, the utilities firm and the grocery store. We imagine we’ve to stay as others live- be just like the tame herd. However the tamer we get the extra simply we’re milked and exploited. We don’t want fancy merchandise and garments and automobiles and different issues which might be depleting the planet of wilderness and sweetness, polluting the seas with plastic and our rivers with hormones. But we imagine we’d like these items and it’s because we’re tame.


Tameness is characterised by worry. When worry is exploited its flipside, greed, comes into play too. Why? As a result of a fearful man loses sight of the truth that we stay in an ample world completely suited to human life. He thinks ‘life is difficult’- however life is simply arduous after we impose synthetic buildings. People are immensely adaptable and when they’re masters of their very own destiny they don’t thoughts harsh situations. These make them stronger and so they enjoy them. Eskimoes really feel the cold- for sure- however they don’t suppose this can be a horrible downside. They remedy it with fur and fats. However a tame man, pressured to work sixteen hours a day in a manufacturing facility in a moist chilly climate- that’s arduous, that’s what will break a person’s spirit.


Males are tamed. When tame the uberstructures of nation, tribe and state grow to be extra highly effective and extra capable of ‘act by way of’ people within the group. When a person or girl experiences energy and enjoys it they may usually act to extend that feeling. Subjugating others is less complicated if they’re tame. So maybe subconsciously, the ability seeker approves measures that make individuals tamer. And, what’s extra, they do it within the title of the larger structures- Napoleon used the thought of the nation of France to enslave hundreds of thousands in his military. The thought of a suprahuman organism acts on people and so they do its will. It’s a sort of hive thoughts, everybody doing his bit. And the tamer males grow to be the extra simply they adapt to being a employee bee, a member of the hive.


However the hive hold us alive you say.


No, what retains you alive is your humanity, your greater qualities of empathy and pursuit of knowledge and to additional each of those you’ll want to be wild, not tame.


The wild man is characterised above all else by fearlessness. He’s afraid of nothing. He could also be cautious. He could also be very canny, however he has no worry as a result of it’s enterprise to know his world, and, when it’s identified, to grasp it. He due to this fact has no place for worry. He’s above all else, not institutionalised, nor even tribalized to the extent that some tribes make him as tame as some firms do.


The way in which an organization works is to make life with out the company unthinkable. The way in which a tribe works is to make life outdoors the tribe appear unthinkable.


But no man is an island. And have a look at what occurs if you go away the tribe- you grow to be an outcast, a scrounger, a parasite. Stranger within the Woods tells the  true story of a younger man who lives for 27 years by stealing from distant cabins in Maine and dwelling in a hidden encampment. He’s not a hunter or a fisherman or perhaps a farmer- he steals from people in an effort to stay a ‘free life’ – but he lives in worry of being caught on a regular basis. When he’s, he confesses all. Now he lives a quiet life together with his family- an oddball for certain.

No that can not be a mannequin for something besides insanity. The wild man remains to be a sociable man.


Step one, due to this fact, is de-institutionalising. It’s being self-sufficient.


The wild man refutes land rights. The fitting to roam replaces the fitting to personal. There are looking rights and cultivation rights however these aren’t possession. There may be no constructing on the land, no damming and destroying. However when numbers improve due to cities males grow to be tame in an effort to survive. This can be a crime.


The upper man, the person of foresight and intelligence choses to be wild. 


The essence of life will not be data. It’s taking some piece of information critically and to coronary heart. You will have heard the injunction- discover one thing you possibly can promote and promote the hell out of it. However you’ll solely DO THIS if in case you have very a lot take it to coronary heart and imagine you both don’t have any alternative within the matter or that that is your plan of action, the next step on the rungs of life. The next level. As a result of being sensible should be accompanied by being wild, being free. Sure, a tame man could be a sensible man in phrases. However he can solely be sensible in deeds if he’s free and his personal man.


The movie star is a proxy wild man or wild girl. The movie star actually ‘lives life’ whereas the tame man simply survives. He lives a watered down model of life. As a result of within the Eighties it was found that celebrities offered issues the tradition reorganised round movie star worship. Earlier you needed to kiss the toes of a royal or a member of the aristocracy to get issues completed. Now you needed to enlist a celeb.


Wild tradition is in opposition to movie star tradition. A star is somebody well-known for being well-known. Their title attracts individuals who will then purchase merchandise related to that title. The one ethical place is to be an anti-celebrity; actually it’s the solely option to keep regular relations with individuals.


The wild man has one thing to promote. They might be fruits from the forest, or the fruits of his labour.

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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