Category Archives: Uncivilization

Transfiguration on Mount Shasta

Why, when we encounter something such as a beautiful work of art, or a stunning vista in nature; or hear the wind blowing through the boughs of a stand of tall trees, or waves crashing on the beach, do we experience awe and reverie of the beheld object that is felt deep within of our […]

It’s Everyone Else Who Is Homeless

Modern citizens often live their day to day lives on a single, connected piece of concrete with small islands of well-tended grass and trees and perhaps a few animals well-suited to the city, like deer, squirrels, and rats. The wilderness is obviously much different. Relationships with plants and animals are an intrinsic element of the […]

Taking Rewilding Seriously

Source: The Dark Mountain Project It is, it seems, our civilisation’s turn to experience the inrush of the savage and the unseen; our turn to be brought up short by contact with untamed reality. — Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto Wildness is the Focus Rewilding has become something of a fad. The internet and libraries are […]

Why Comfort Isn’t an Argument for Industrial Society

Rewilding entails the breakdown and eventual annihilation of many modern technologies, certainly all the most foundational ones: electricity, roads, dams … (See Repent to the Primitive — forthcoming). When people hear this, they respond with a stock set of statements: “You can’t go back in time” (true); or, “The system is too powerful for us to defeat” […]

Into the Wild: Another Poisonous Plant Fable?

Source (buy book for cited sources) At nearly every workshop or presentation that I have given over the last ten years, I have been asked my opinion about Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild. “You should read it!” I was advised, dozens of times. Many people outlined the story for me, dwelling especially on the […]

Getting Started with Plant Identification: Report from a Beginner

For the past several weeks I’ve been immersing myself in botany and plant and mushroom identification. Here are some tips I’ve learned so far. Read more updates on my uncivilization project. When trying to learn how to identify plants, a common first move is to buy an edible plant identification guide (with a key). I did […]