Posted by: hobbesonafob | July 22, 2009

Survival School

As interesting as my graduate courses in conflict studies look, I cannot help but think that this school would be far more interesting, as described by Sara Behunek:

http://www.thebigmoney.com/articles/experience/2009/07/16/survival-school

An excerpt:

What this has to do with breaking out of handcuffs or picking padlocks requires a rather Hobbesian leap. It assumes that if the government can no longer provide for or protect its citizens, there will be a complete upending of the societal order. It assumes that humans will act to the worst of their capacity. It assumes that if, in fact, the financial crisis is just a mile marker on the highway to hell, we could soon be facing a very different, very violent world. So, beyond the novelty element of being able to pull a Jack Bauer-like escape, there is a sense that these skills are a necessity as our society becomes ever more precarious.

On that note, I’m off for a canoe trip through Algonquin Park and won’t be posting for a week or so. I’ll either be practicing my Apache-like survival skills or enjoying boxed wine by the campfire (perhaps both at the same time).

Cheers.

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