The theme of the last few days has been modern day hunting and gathering. Here at the beautiful Dixon Lake our eldest son, Cade has been fishing four days in a row, relishing some peaceful alone time from his siblings I am sure, and getting all the old timers excited for his efforts. If he had a fish on, invariably an old guy would yell, “Hey, someone get that boy a net!” Or, ” That kid is taking all the fish outta here.”
We are currently at Dixon Lake in Escondido, CA – a truly beautiful spot. Our campsite has a view of Escondido valley (think city lights out our bedroom window at night) on one side and the lake and woods on the other. Louis and Mireille, our friends from France, have joined us here at the park as well. The dads took the older kids fishing and with the combined efforts of Louis and Ludvic, brought in a Rainbow Trout big enough to feed us for 2 dinners! It also doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore to pile 10 people in our Airstream:)
The fish caught were given the respect due any creature that loses it’s life to feed ours. Nate and the kids thanked the fish, which naturally progressed into a biology lesson with Nate explaining the parts of the fish as he was dissecting it for the freezer.
The psychology and the spirituality and the diet of the hunter/gatherer intrigues me. I struggle sometimes with any attempt to juxtapose that life with what is in front of us today. Maybe no era has been ideal ( in thinking of the hunter/gatherer era I am really grateful for a flushing RV toilet, hot running water, and a laptop to share my pictures ) but what have we lost for our luxuries? What makes old men sprint across a parking lot at 6:00 in the morning to get their fishing permits? What are our primal needs? Are we missing something by not dancing around a fire in the wilderness, or having a house that folds up in minutes, to follow the herds? What have we gained/lost in our personal property rights and borders? Are we missing something by insulating ourselves with security? Just some questions. Any ideas?