Sunday, December 20, 2009

Extremely Slight Risk of Death

"Our Brotherhood values courage over technique because we believe that the risk of death is a necessary component of spiritual growth, that consequence inspires one to greater honesty (technique merely allows access to more terrain upon which to express our values). The heart of climbing as I know it magnifies the transitory nature of life; partners died, I nearly did, I became aware, I learned who I am, and I learned to respect life and life lived now. When I climbed close to the threshold of my ability, when the threat of death urged me to give all of myself without reservation to the task, then courage won over doubt and I felt purified. In these moments, risk compelled me to overcome limitations I had accepted simply because others suggested them, and I grew." --Mark Twight

Theoretically, I could die!


w.w. said...

nice hat.

Dave Mows Grass said...

Thanks! Yeah, it's really saved me a lot of head dings since I got it. Especially when I'm performing dangerous tasks around the house like changing light bulbs or retrieving toys from under the couch. Hi, Walter!

bulletholes said...

"Courage over technique"?
Theoretically, you are already dead.

Dave Mows Grass said...

Hey Steve, are you at work on Christmas Eve? Have a word with yourself! Say, I found this really big box outside my door last night.
Thanks, Bub!

bulletholes said...

No Dave, I finally got Inet at home. It is intermittent and slow as molasses, and I will be cancelling my subscription soon.