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Accomplishing anything in life is a matter of discipline and focus. This is a lesson embedded in the book.
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AvidBibliophile wrote: 09 Jul 2020, 18:12 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?
"...impulses and desire will generally trump logical thought-processing..." - Unfortunately, many people will look out for themselves and what they want over others and any rational thoughts. It makes me think of the "invisible hand" from Adam Smith
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle
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Unique Ego wrote: 17 Jul 2020, 00:18 Every man has primal desires and no matter how intelligent a man is, he must fall back to his original state of an animal relying only on instincts.
We are only animals, after all. Perhaps this is why so many people are worried about AIs taking over the world since they wouldn't necessarily have these desired (being robots and all).
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle
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The book is really good at teaching us about human nature
Live your life in a way that you won't look back and regret things :D
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I learnt what I always knew. Alcohol is friend of no one. It affected the crew in negative ways. It ruins lives everyday.
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Tan TR wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 10:16 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.
That’s a really good takeaway! I like your phrasing. It is true that when thrown into the elements and we’re laid bare, human nature will be unpredictable and our true instincts will surface and shown who we really are.
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Leen282 wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 14:07 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.
I agree with you! What a beautiful way of putting it. Nature is to be respected and it’s a force all on its own.
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Tan TR wrote: 10 Jul 2020, 10:16 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.
well said. I totally agree with you
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I thought one lesson to take away was the power of nature if humans treat it well/leave it alone. Zona seemed to thrive without humans intervening. There were plenty of plant species that could be used by humans if done so sparingly. If nature is respected and not overused or destroyed by humans, we can live harmoniously with both its plant and animal species.
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Ediomis_Enwongo01 wrote: 19 Jul 2020, 14:18 Accomplishing anything in life is a matter of discipline and focus. This is a lesson embedded in the book.
Well said!
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One of the main lesson to take away is If nature is respected and not exploited, we can harmoniously live ad cherish along with it together.
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shynmr wrote:
> 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 agree, this was a message that I really liked in this book. Both with the wolf remains as well as their reluctance to share Zona with the outside world near the end. It's the idea that parts of the world are better left untouched by human cultivation, and I think that's a really important lesson that you don't see very often.
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Nature is a force that drives human instincts to react in a particular way. All actions are driven by natural stimuli. Man has less control on nature so man should accept norms and rules imposed by nature. Drug addiction and alcohol consumption leads to health deficiencies that should be prohibited.
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We can learn a lot from Grant's character. The main lesson to learn is when someone goes missing and they have written you a letter for [i]your eyes only[/i], you make sure to finish reading it.
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The most important thing is to keep in mind is that human nature is unpredictable. This is a problem that occurs in many group work, in which some of the members go astray with their own goals and desires
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