Why

Doing the right thing is important. So is spreading ideas.

To my mind, making people do things that they don’t want to do is wrong. It’s the basis of all evil. Be it force, fraud, or coercion, any injustice or wrongdoing can easily be summed up as someone made someone do something they didn’t want to. You can nitpick at that or try to find a flaw, but it’s something every kindergartener knows. If you dig deep down, I think it’s something you know. It’s not okay to boss other people around.

And it’s important to communicate that. Spreading ideas is how humanity grows and how progress is made. We’re all interdependent on each other, living in a world community. As Anarchists, we see that there’s a better way to do things. We owe it to society to make that information available. By sharing our thoughts and what we know, we can make the world a better place. This is my attempt to do that.

I’d started another blog earlier called An Anarchist’s Cookbook. It was a brilliant title and I quickly got a whole lot of followers. The idea was that I was going to talk about Anarchy, of course, but I was going to do it by sharing recipes and talking about food. I enjoy cooking. It was fun for a while, but I got sick of the topic pretty fast. I started thinking about issues like GMOs and different political issues, things that required research, and I decided that I really didn’t want to put that much work into it. Then, every time I tried to keep it simple by writing about things I’d cooked, I inevitably started talking about something I did over a campfire. I just felt like I’d lost focus and the blog wasn’t what I’d wanted it to be. This is an attempt to correct that.

To that end, I consider myself to be an outdoorsy kind of guy. Coming out of college, I was big into backpacking. I’ve hiked the length of the Appalachian trail through Maine and I’ve hiked the 100 mile wilderness six times. I’m also a fairly avid hunter with a little bit of knowledge on the subject. Lately, I’ve been into canoe camping, going miles out into the wilderness and staying for days. I’m not a registered guide or ex-military or anything, but my exploits easily impress non outdoorsy people and even some people with some experience. I know of what I speak, and I think I can make it fun.

The plan is to write about all the things I like to do while keeping in mind the big picture of leading a moral and ethical life. I want this to be about connecting with nature from the perspective of an Anarchist. I want to share with others. I want to be an example to others. Please stick around. There’s good things to come. Welcome to An Anarchist, Outdoors.

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