The Untamed – A State of Mind

Our conversation with Michael about the untamed continue.

Places like Alaska and Wyoming sound great, but I live in a city. Is the untamed only about physical surroundings?

No, not at all. It’s just easier to get there mentally when you don’t have all the distractions of civilization. I do believe physical surroundings have a draw on a person. People tend to become like their environment. So, while the untamed may come more naturally to people who live in those places, city dwellers can get there by adapting. Which is okay because people who live in cities have to adapt all the time.

I think a lot of people would argue that city life is pretty untamed itself. Have you heard “Welcome To the Jungle,” by Guns and Roses?

(Laughs) Yeah, I can see that, but it’s really not like that at all.

Okay, so what exactly do you mean by the untamed?

The untamed is really a state of mind. It’s more about who you are than what you do. For example, two guys live in the same place, have the same kind of job, drive the same kind of car, shop at the same stores. By looking at them, you’d swear they were the same guy, but they aren’t. The first guy lives by conventional thinking, and the other guy…well, it’s like he’s getting his cues from somewhere else, like he’s following a different program.

Like he’s hearing little voices in his head? They have a place for people like that.

No, it’s not that at all. The second guy isn’t crazy. He’s not a rebel. He’s not a recluse or an outcast or even socially awkward. He’s just as good a neighbor as the first guy. The difference is at the center of their being, that core principle that determines how they see the world and understand their place in it. To get to the point, the guy who feels the pull of the untamed understands how human society works, but he isn’t wholly defined by it. He lives in the so-called “real world,” but he isn’t afraid to consider unconventional ideas and he isn’t threatened by hard questions. He gets along just fine in society, but he knows there is a lot more to life than work and weekends. He has a sense for adventure, an appreciate for real mystery, and a curiosity for the unknown.

I think I’m starting to understand, but I’m not quite sure I’m getting the whole picture. Maybe we can explore this some more later.

Yes, I’d like that.

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