Hey all! My name is Tyler, and I share with all of you the general apprehension, distrust, disenchantment, and scorn for the big Civ. My entire life has been spent in Wyoming, where the wilderness is prized just as dearly as is farmland. The latter I thought would be my future, but after only a year in an agricultural setting I have already become concerned with the relationship necessitated between farmer and crop. It is now, obviously, the wilderness which is calling me. To fully dissemble the barriers between man and nature, to exist inside the divinity of the woods and the plains, to be a beneficial and supportive member in the community of life - these are my ambitions.
I cannot say when or how I exactly learned about rewilding, but generally speaking I have been studying the movement for almost a year now. During my sophomore year in college I decided to abandon my ambition of becoming a phytoremediationist - complete with lots of gene splicing and posing as god in the natural world - in favor of environmental anthropology. This was when I first began to be formally acquainted with indigenous lifestyles, alternative modes of existence and behavior, and the like. Having a B.A. in environmental anthropology, I figured,would be a nice cushion for a career focused on sustainability in general. Like many, sustainability would be guided by a Technomessiah. Quickly this approach dissipated from the perspectives I gained from organic gardening, permaculture, rewilding, anarcho-primitivism, radical self-reliance, and all the rest. So, in short, in only a brief period I've stepped away from the business-as-usual approach to saving the Earth and have entered into the umbral groves where the most intense, most sincere, and most effectual paradigms are being formulated. More than anything, I hope to become a part of this movement, to be one of the many - yet too few - who are seriously questioning their relationship with their world - be it that the sphere of humanity, economics, subsistence, spirituality, philosophy, etc. - and are who are marshaling forth in defense of a noble human existence.
Learning the primitive skills society has stripped away from us all, like gathering wild plants for food and medicine, building shelters, hunting, fishing, trapping, tracking, creating fire, and so on, has been a key goal of mine since the beginning of this year. Of course, an apprenticeship with nature is a long one, and I do not intend to ever cease learning such skills. As well, I'm in the process of seeking out rewilding communities within the U.S., because I have an intense desire to "walk the walk" and to fully immerse myself in a lifestyle similar to the kind us primitivists vaunt. Not only do I want this for my own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical satisfaction, but also so I could extend a hand strong enough to help pull others out of the mess of civilization. Helping others escape from the mess of our industrial culture is a prime concern of mine.