It seems like the sum of your advice comes down to "challenge yourself". I like a lot of what you said. But not all of it.
Don't read any more books about rewilding, you probably read more than you need to already.
I would say gather every book you can. You don't have to read them all. But definitely read -- or try to find some way to drink in information about the skills that we have lost by growing up in civilization. You will always need to learn more, and your learning curve will vary as you progress. So maybe a book by one author may not mean anything to you at first but it could have a great impact on you later. Gather a variety of voices in order to get varied perspectives on things. And try to find information that applies as specifically to your bioregion as possible.
Practice outdoor skills and try to pick up as many new ones as you can.
Absolutely. You may have the potential to learn a lot about a plant or animal or process from a book. But until you interact with it, you can't truly know it. Take the perspectives of others that you glean from books, seminar, videos, talking to people and then act on them in order to build your own perspective.
I felt like I didn't know jack about flintknapping from the books I had read, but when I actually held a piece of Burlington chert in my had for the first time, I found all the things I had read beginning to make sense. Now that I have tried chipping some stone, everything else I read about it makes even more sense. So I want to build on that cycle and keep it spiraling upward.
Practice being kind to the people around you....all of them.
Practice putting yourself in other peoples shoes.
Practice taking responsibility for your own shit...all of it.
Try not to say or write the word "fuck" for an entire month.
I like the irony of how you offer the advice of not saying/writing "fuck" right after you wrote "shit" -- moreover about taking responsibility for your own shit. If you meant that irony as a point of humor, then I applaud you.
I would add to the first two items as well and say try acting kindly to and putting yourself in the shoes of people that you especially don't like. Delve into their perspective. You may not have the constitution to stay there very long, but you may gain something from the experience that can improve your relationship with someone you hate. I picked up on this invisible skill from the christian fundamentalists that I eventually grew to hate, so I have my own ironies to deal with, too.
Don't play video games.
Quit drinking alcohol and doing dope.
I might sum that up as "don't let distractions creep in." If Mike and Jason can turn The 5th World into viable video game that works as a learning too, then I would advise people to play it. I also highly recommend the tabletop version they have already produced. It works as a great way to challenge your mind and try thinking about a world without the civilized framework we grew up with. But whatever tool you use, don't get lost in the tool. Don't let the tool own you. Because then you become a tool.
Spend as much time as you can in places where you are the only one who looks like you.
All these buzz words and jargon like "rewild" and "e-prime" and "civ" are a form of branding. Just like Tommy H. or whatever. You show who you are by using these buzz words.
It sounds, heyvictor, that you like making a brand of oneself by standing out from the crowd.
We use jargon as a shortcut for what we hold in common. I disagree that "e-prime" counts as jargon unless you think "flintknaping", "brain tanning", "tribal community living" and other skills fit the jargon branding category as well.
"Civ," I grant you, works as a branding term to make a distinction between civilized ways and non-civilized ways. I get tired of typing the full word "civilization" sometimes, and I abbreviate. But if you look back through my posts, you will find me including myself in the brand of "civ" as often as you find me contrasting myself with it.
What do I show by using these buzz words? That I have started on a journey from "civ" to "rewild". And that is exactly where I want to be.
As for "rewild" counting as a jargon buzzword within the rewilding community -- would you say the same of using the term "primitive skills" on a forum dedicated to primitive skills?
The way I see it what goes on here is putting the cart before the horse for the most part. You are trying to develop a culture that the natural world will eventually have to fit into (maybe). Won't work. It's the same old story just from a different angle. I know many of you will not get what I'm talking about and probably think I'm just some crank that's raining on your parade.
Before I would ever try to hook a cart to a horse, I would try to learn how to do it. I would maybe read a book about it. I would try to talk to others about how they do it. I could just jump in and try to do the hitching myself. I might learn a lot from my errors. But if I had the resources of getting and giving information with a community of people interested in hooking carts to horses, I would definitely make use of that resource.
I get what you mean, heyvictor. I sense that you don't value the dialogues that take place here and that you look down on the users because they haven't done as much as your and didn't come to the place of doing things the same way you did. If you don't see the value in trying to prepare for a storm before it ever gets here, that's your choice. But don't belittle me for trying to learn how to board up my windows as I see a hurricane approaching.