Ambivalent Skeptic

November 30, 2010

Gone Deer Hunting

Filed under: Current events,Philosophy — Clint1911 @ 1:04 pm

No blogging due to the holiday and opening of Deer (gun) Season.

It is one thing to be out in the woods with nothing but your thoughts. It is entirely different to become part of the woods, noticing every little thing. Constantly. For hours. Where a minutes inattention defeats the effort of not only a day’s labor but of a week’s preparation. You are part of the circle of life. Your role: predator. You have no anger, you have no malice. You place your skill at understand nature, the deer, your gun up against An animal that has the home-field advantage. The deer have no range restrictions, they have infinite time. They have millions of years of evolution and a lifetime of experience slipping though the woods unnoticed.

All the other hunters have put the deer on red-alert. You have one week; only so many days, only so many hours. Your only chance lies in having enough skill, enough luck, and enough patience. And even that may not be enough.

“One does not hunt in order to kill, one kills in order to have hunted.”

Meditations on Hunting by José Ortega y Gasset.


Let’s face it, humans are goal oriented animals.


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