Thursday, 15 November 2012

Feeding the Work

The longer you stay in the woods, the poorer you get. You chew through your rice, burn down your candles, bury your toilet paper square by square, in little holes in the ground. Your pack grows lighter and your margin of error grows narrower.

And that's as it should be. Things are an annoyance, to be dragged around only if they help. In the outback you want to spend down your supplies. Work the feed to feed the work. As time passes, needs grow fewer and life gets simpler. In the end, if you come out with anything at all, you humped it all over the hills for nothing.

The Pali term for this is schmuck.

(Adapted from 100 Days on the Mountain, copyright RK Henderson. Graphic courtesy of WikiMedia and Claude Powell Fordyce.)

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