Savage or Civilized?

Exploring the fundamental prejudice against human wildness

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The word “savage” is emotionally charged. Once uttered, images of men (usually men, not women) engaging in diabolical acts spring to mind: burning, raping, maiming, pillaging, torturing and killing with reckless abandon. Savages are ignorant, thoughtless and out of control. They are superstitious, childlike and impulsive. They are godless and unreasonable. They are the…

Philosopher of wildness, writing about the divine in nature, being human, and backcountry excursions.

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Walt McLaughlin

Walt McLaughlin

Philosopher of wildness, writing about the divine in nature, being human, and backcountry excursions.

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