Rabu, 10 Juni 2009

Welcome home!

It's been a while since I've made a post!

I have a big one coming up that will explain how and why we ended up back home in Michigan.

Being back in town, everyone has been saying to us: "Welcome back to reality!" My friend Gary sent me these words about "reality."

Those who see sailing as an escape from reality have got their
understanding of both sailing and reality completely backwards.
Sailing is not an escape, but a return to and a confrontation of a reality
from which modern civilization is itself an escape.

For centuries, man suffered from the reality of an earth that was too dark
or too hot or too
cold for his comfort, and to escape this he invented complex
systems of
lighting, heating and air conditioning. Sailing rejects these and returns to
the old realities of dark and heat and cold.

Modern civilization has found
radio, TV, movies, nightclubs and a huge variety
of mechanized entertainment
to titillate our senses and help us escape from the
apparent boredom of the
earth and the sun and wind and stars. Sailing returns
to these ancient realities.

-Robert Prisig

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