Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alone but regulated

National Geographic TV has a program on the failed attempt of a Scottish outdoorsman to live alone and off the land for three months in the Canadian Yukon. He filmed himself, including the time he began to starve and deteriorate mentally and emotionally, forcing a rescue after 50 days.

I have to say, he's not got a TV personality. Not an interesting or articulate guy. And although he had the guts to attempt something difficult and dangerous, you begin to wonder if he was really just being foolish, totally underestimating the challenge of solitude and hunger (combined!), and you get to watch him be afraid and indecisive a lot. A lot.

But you also discover that he has to forego several opportunities to feed himself with duck or moose because of Canadian hunting laws!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nomos is SUPPOSED to make mere survival in physis impossible!

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