The Gentle Future of Wolves (119)

I once worked for a college program that focused on developing students’ leadership skills. We used the wilderness as our classroom. In the fall semester students were encouraged to spend 24 hours camping alone. tentAfter the experience was over we would gather together and talk about how things went. Most students described about grappling with fear or loneliness. The silence bothered some. I remember one student, who wasn’t particularly anxious going into the experience, sharing how he woke up in the morning to find his campsite circled by the tracks of a mountain lion. There is something unnerving about that thought: it’s the switch from thinking about the food chain to thinking of ourselves within it. It’s a very basic, very primitive feeling of vulnerability.   Read more