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post #15 of Old 02-24-2013
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Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

I guess that's great, but I'm not quite sure what the point is. Would we celebrate someone who went to the dentist to extract a tooth with nothing more than a rock and a bit of sinew hammer? There is no doubt that it is possible to accomplish tasks in the old ways, working without the modern devices that make our efforts quicker, easier, and safer. There is also no doubt that doing so involves certain risks, as danger is increased.

There must be some way to draw a line between the efforts of bravery and perseverance versus the efforts of recklessness and stupidity. I'm just not sure how to decide which side of the fence any particular endeavor is on.

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