Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Topic Options
#33801 - 10/29/04 08:25 PM What Are Your Thoughts? "The Art Of Nothing"
paramedicpete Offline

Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
Just read this on The Society of Primitive Technology web site. What do you all think? Pete


#33802 - 10/29/04 08:46 PM Re: What Are Your Thoughts? "The Art Of Nothing"
GoatRider Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 818
Loc: Maple Grove, MN
This is very much the opposite philosophy of the ETS foundation, which seems to be all about having the right things to help you survive. I think this was the most interesting paragraph:

Primitive hunter-gatherer type cultures were very good at doing nothing. Exactly how well they did this is difficult to determine, however, because doing nothing leaves nothing behind for the archaeological record. Every time we find an artifact we have documentation of something they did; yet the most important part of their skills may have been what they did not, and there is no way to discover what that was by studying what they did.
- Benton

#33803 - 10/29/04 08:52 PM Re: What Are Your Thoughts? "The Art Of Nothing"
rbruce Offline

Registered: 05/25/04
Posts: 153
Loc: California
Very nice article. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if this will work with my supervisor at work tonight. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


#33804 - 10/30/04 12:39 AM Re: What Are Your Thoughts? "The Art Of Nothing"

I like it... makes lazy sound economical and efficient, and I'm all for that <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#33805 - 10/31/04 02:56 PM Re: What Are Your Thoughts? "The Art Of Nothing"
brian Offline

Registered: 07/28/04
Posts: 1468
Loc: Texas
I found it quite interesting. I couldn't help but think of many gallery pics I have seen over at BCUK when the author was talking about needing a pickup truck to carry all of your "primitive" gear. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I tend to be a minimalist so I did appreciate the underlying message here. Afterall, even the most equipped person amoung us would certainly agree that it is silly to go in to the woods and spend 12 hours building an elaborate shelter simply to use for two nights in beautiful weather. <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
Learn to improvise everything.


Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, cliff, Hikin_Jim 
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28
Who's Online
2 registered (Russ, chaosmagnet), 294 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Stephen021, FNORD, Surv3, depha, Ahsan
5239 Registered Users
Newest Posts
That knife looks familiar
by Montanero
11:08 PM
First Rescue by Drone
by Phaedrus
08:48 PM
Defense, bear v handguns 97% success, & by caliber
by clearwater
08:04 PM
Flooding and chemical spills
by adam2
01:01 PM
earthquake kit in Japan
02/20/18 03:56 AM
A good knife for bushcraft AND kitchen duty?
by Russ
02/19/18 11:31 PM
Jim Bridwell 1944-2018
by hikermor
02/19/18 10:41 PM
Calling 911 Effectively
by brandtb
02/15/18 04:47 AM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.