The Known and the Unknown

Recognizing the shaman/philosopher in all of us.

The first philosopher was a shaman gazing deep into the prehistoric sky, trying to extract truth from the sun, moon and stars. By then our kind had already developed a sense of time — an acute awareness of birth, death, and the succession of events between. By then we had been burying our dead, painting pictures on cave walls, and engaging in other ritualistic behavior…



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Walt McLaughlin

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