Originally Posted by CaptForce
I am struck by these words of Hogan's as I have said them myself many times. I told them to my girlfriend too, and we thrived without closing a door to conflict. 'and we shared the skill of dealing with conflict with our children
aboard until they left our small sailboat home....
I honestly believe that we are designed as species by nature to live close together, in small tribes, not dispersed and alienated from one another in huge cities. Too much choice is a form of tyranny, it paralyzes us with the fear of making the wrong one. This applies to everything from cel phone
contracts to our choice of mates.
Look at what's left of modern nomadic cultures, and the physical arrangement of their dwellings:
Small tribes, small tents, and possessions that are limited by what is simple, useful, available, self serviceable, and portable.
While there are certainly stresses that come from such a life, alienation and confusion are not among them - rather such cultures tend to have very robust family
and community structures - out of necessity.
Then a few wise-guys in the middle east decided that hunting and gathering was too much work
, invented bronze
, and started dirt farming, building fixed encampments, and stockpiling their food
, rather than scrounging and hunting for it. This intensified territoriality, eventually leading to empires and large scale hi-tec warfare, rather than small scale tribal conflicts.
Modern civilization is an absurd extension of this post ice age revolution - now we make war with drones and roadside bombs and computer viruses, and value selfishness and individualism above all else. We might live longer, but are we happier when we put money
, power, competition, and possessions above family and community?
To live aboard a boat, especially with others, is to consciously reject such a life. If you go further, and sail the boat regularly, you place yourself in intimate contact with the timeless elemental forces of nature.
If you go further still and cast off for unknown shores, you have engaged a life as led by our ancestors. A life filled with uncertainty and risk. One that strips away illusions of permanence and security
. A slower, more deliberate life. A life filled with both enormous independence and enormous responsibility. A life where you are immersed in the real world, as it has always been. It's not always an easy life, but as someone once said:
"I never said it would be easy - just that it would be worth it"
Truer words were never spoken - at least from where I stand. Cruising is the fullest way to engage such a life, mainly because the oceans are the last true untamed wilderness left on earth, but even traveling by Backpack, RV or Motorcycle will give you a glimpse - if you do it in company.
Just avoid cruise