Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the by Lee H. Whittlesey

By Lee H. Whittlesey

Exciting tales of the way humans have died in Yellowstone warn concerning the many hazards that exist there and in wild parts ordinarily.

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Hesion; patterns and restraints of the medieval world. This bourgeois individual felt himself the master of his own destiny and was impatient with both the religious and the political solidarities which characterized both classical and medieval life. Speaking in social terms one may say that he lost this individuality immediately aftel' establishing it by his destruction of the medieval solidarities. He found himself the artificer of a technical civilization which creates more enslaving mechanical interdependencies and collectivities than ' anything known in an agrarian world.

As the idealIsts lose individuality in the absolute mind,' so the naturalists lose it in "streams of consciousness" when dealing with the matter psychologically, and in "laws of motion" when thinking sociologically. Thus the individualistn of the Renaissance and of the eighteenth century is dissipated culturally, just as bourgeois libertarian idealism disintegrates politically and succumbs to fascist and Marxist collectivism. A genuine individuality em be maintained only in terms of religious presuppositions which can do justice to the immediate involvement of human individuality in all the organic forms and social tensions of history, while yet appreciating its ultimate transcendence over every social and historical situation in the highest reaches of its self-transcendence.

The man who can negate "li£e~' must be ~mething other than mere vitality. not be tempted to the error from which he is to be dissuaded. _ Man's place in the universe is subject to thesamc antinomies. Men CH. II _ ¥"an as a Problem to Himself 3 have been a1)sailed periodically by qualms of conscience and fits of dizziness for pretending to occupy the centre of the cniverse. Every philosophy of life is touched with anthropocentric tendencies. Even theocentric religions believe that the Creator of the world is interested in saving man from his unique predicament.

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