Monday, June 17, 2013
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
I have had a couple conversations about bears, which is kind of funny and also not. It is interesting the things we choose to worry about. The odds of being mauled by a bear go up considerably when one chooses to hang out in their territory, but those odds are still ridiculously low given the cultural mythology around bears. You should worry about your English teacher more than a bear. Of course, if you go to bed with a fish treat in your pocket, the whole thing gets more complicated. In any event, it's something that a person chooses to worry about not because it's likely, but because that's just how our brains work. It even occurred to me that a handgun might not be a bad idea for protection.
There are a lot of thing we could worry about when we get up in the morning. Crazy drivers, rabid dogs, nuclear winter, immigrants, sushi...lots of things make lots of folks uncomfortable and anxious. There are ways to be prudent, but beyond that its a waste of energy.
So, bring on the bears...and if its just a black bear I'll try and get a picture of me standing on the mountain banging pots and acting crazy.
“With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
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