When I was a kid my parents thought it was a good idea, would be a good idea for me to join Boy Scouts. First it was kind of cool we’d meet every Thursday night to Boy Scout type stuff.
Then we started going camping and that was kind of cool. We would drive somewhere, set up tents, have a campfire, go to sleep and drive back the next morning the day.
When we started going backpacking, that’s when it got really interesting. A couple of years later I was elected to join one of these inner circle secret groups within Boy Scouts.
When I was selected it was kind of cool because it was all done very secretively. You couldn’t apply to join. You had to be chosen. You had to be nominated and the secret council would vote to see if you could join or not.
First Secret Society
Once you got nominated or selected to join there was this long initiation process. That was kind of exciting.
When I was in Junior high school, I just ditched everything in Boy Scouts and joined the Explorer Scouts. We only did backpacking and camping and all kinds of wilderness types of things.
It was probably the best time that I had Boy Scouts.
They say that humans haven’t really changed much in the past 50,000 years. That we have the same psychological makeup. The same physiological make up, the same mental and intellectual makeup.
Ancient Instincts Modern Humans
Of course our society has advanced quite a bit in the past couple 300 years. Up until very recently, in the long history of human life on earth, we’ve been really living the same kind of lives.
Only in the past few hundred years we’ve invented all the stuff. In the past few hundred years we’ve had electricity and telecommunications and travel and cheap travel.
The Internet and always communicating with each other, but for the longest time we had to live simply by going out. Hunting for food every day, we lived like that far longer than any other time in our evolutionary history.
If you think about how we are structured today and you kind of imagine that we have the same bodies more or less, the same mental capacity more or less.
Forced By External Incentives
But then living back then must’ve been much differently with our same mind-body systems because every day you had to get up and you are forced by your environment to go outside of your comfort every day.
You had to find something to eat or else he would die. Every day you had to find a safe place to sleep every night or else you might die. You had to stay close to your friends and family or else you might die.
What Is Your Purpose?
A lot of people today have this idea that life doesn’t have a purpose. That it’s hard to define the purpose of life. I think the reason for that is back then, it was very easy to find the purpose of life because we were forced by our environment to always be going outside of our comfort zone.
It might very well be that our purpose today, our purpose in these modern times might be that we have to go outside of our comfort zone. It’s just that we don’t have anything forcing us outside of our comfort zone and because we don’t have anything forcing us outside of our comfort zone, it’s very easy to stay inside of our comfort zone.
Too Easy To Stay Safe
If we stay inside of our comfort zone we’re not going to find our purpose because it might be that our purpose only exists outside of our comfort zone.
Only by pushing ourselves outside of our comfort will we be able to find our purpose.
Those Escaped Their Comfort Zone
If you think of it all the great inventions, all the great scientific inventions, all the medical breakthroughs, all the great works of art, and literature, music, all of these were done by individuals that pushed themselves outside of their comfort.
That might be the easiest secret of life. To simply push yourself outside of your comfort zone any way you can.
Your Purpose Lies Outside Your Comfort Zone
No matter how big your comfort zone gets, so long as you remember that your purpose is always going to be outside of your comfort zone. That might be a very very easy rule to remember that you can try to live by.
The best part about backpacking was after the first day or two, because the first day or two, we had to drive as high as you could. Then hike over the highest pass you could find.
Escape The Rat Race
This meant you had to hike up these long switchbacks that seem to go on forever. But when he finally went over the first pass and kind of left civilization behind, you have these huge valleys that went on for miles and miles 8,000 or 10,000 feet above sea level.
There is no other people, there is no sign of civilization it was just lakes and wilderness and beautiful meadows and wild animals and billions of stars at night.
Fake Secret Societies
After I joined the secret society, after I went through the initiation process it was kind of let down. I realized that inside the secret society was really people doing the same stuff that people did outside of the secret society.
Even as a young kid I got the suspicion that the only reason that they created a secret society was to have the secret society gave them the power over to choose who could join the secret society.
I wonder if a lot of secret societies don’t exist today largely for the same reason. To give people an artificial feeling of specialness.
I’m really glad that I join Boy Scouts because I learned a lot of stuff in Boy Scouts that I never would’ve learned in school.
If I just stayed in school, and in the school and did what the people at school told me, life would have been very boring.
We did have this six grade winter camp, but it was just like school up in the mountains. Same people, seem teachers, the same groups the same stuff. It was just a different location.
Boy Scouts was when I was really able to stretch the limits of what I thought was possible.
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