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Lessons to be inferred

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What can be the lessons inferred from the book?
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
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Human nature will always be a bit of a mystery, impulses and desire will generally trump logical thought-processing, there are probably geographical locations out there that still remain an unexplored mystery, and aggressive predators will eat you when repeatedly provoked! These are the lessons the book solidified for me. How about you, @anoushka_thakur?
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I agree with your points, in addition to that, I beleive human is explosive in nature. They run on the basis of curiosity and impulse, hence they will do what they want to experience, no matter the situation. These were the lessons incured. @AvidBibliophile
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I will definitely agree that humans are volatile beings capable of both miraculous and unspeakable things. Some have better impulse control than others, but most souls run on raw desire and instinct (especially those in a harsh wilderness setting)!
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Nothing is really to achieve. If you seek and adventure, you have to be ready for dangers involved. Another lesson is that alcohol when abused can lead to serious problems. Best of all is that humans are unpredictable and act based on impulse and their environment.
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Vic Chimezie wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 01:28 Nothing is really to achieve. If you seek and adventure, you have to be ready for dangers involved. Another lesson is that alcohol when abused can lead to serious problems. Best of all is that humans are unpredictable and act based on impulse and their environment.
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Letting loose at times comes in handy. Take for instance Grant who finds himself in a sexual relationships with Irina Ustinov despite the fact that she is not to be trusted. I loved that she unwillingly follows him unto the second expedition
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I think the idea of leaving the natural world as unmolested as possible is one of the biggest lessons. Had the team not interfered with nature, their encounters with the wolves may not have been as harrowing. It's "do unto others as you would have done to you" applied to non-humans and has echoes throughout society. We are arriving to be more humane and this is a shining example of why and when that could matter.
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I also think that the book is showing us the importance of nature and how the instincts of humans come out when faced with the undiscriminating force of nature.
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Nature is also intelligent as much as we humans think we possess a superior intellect. Also primal desires at times can take precedent over rational decision making.
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If you take a group of different people, send them to a conference, have them interact in a meeting room all day, then socialize all evening, you will find that each is unique and responds to the situation in a different way. Some are glad to. be there and thankful for the opportunity. Others are there grudgingly, and may or may not be swayed by the others. Now, take a different group of people, plop them in the middle of Siberia, have them travel across a wasteland, then settle into a paradise filled with wonderment and predators, and you can be assured that some will be happy and other not so much. Toss in some HGH and aphrodisiac chemical compounds, as well as alcohol and firearms, and there's no telling how anyone will act. Human nature is a funny thing. How would I act? I tend to think I'd behave myself. But who knows?
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I think the book really taught the innate nature of humans when they encounter nature's force
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For me, the lesson would be that we cannot underestimate the power of nature, plants, flowers - and we don't even have to look at extreme situations like in the book, it would be good already if humans respect nature and everything it gives to us.
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shynmr wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 07:25 I think the idea of leaving the natural world as unmolested as possible is one of the biggest lessons. Had the team not interfered with nature, their encounters with the wolves may not have been as harrowing. It's "do unto others as you would have done to you" applied to non-humans and has echoes throughout society. We are arriving to be more humane and this is a shining example of why and when that could matter.
I have to agree with this. When they stole from the animals, the animals wanted revenge. When they returned the bones to the wolves, the wolves showed respect. While we perhaps can’t have quite the same level of relationships as Grant and his crew did with the wolves, we should all practice respecting nature (and I think nature rewards us when we do; e.g., preserving land then getting to observe plants wildlife at work).
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Mstrtim wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 11:28 Now, take a different group of people, plop them in the middle of Siberia, have them travel across a wasteland, then settle into a paradise filled with wonderment and predators, and you can be assured that some will be happy and other not so much. Toss in some HGH and aphrodisiac chemical compounds, as well as alcohol and firearms, and there's no telling how anyone will act. Human nature is a funny thing. How would I act? I tend to think I'd behave myself. But who knows?
I can definitely envision how a Siberian paradise filled with wonderment and predators would drastically assault the senses and affect all acts of ultimate survival. Then add in some supercharged hormones and pheromones and you've got a convoluted cocktail of cyclonic misadventures just waiting to happen! Maybe such an environment would be the ultimate test of true self-actualization.
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