What I meant? Haha look at your right middle finger. Theres a plaster on it
No expert here either, did this 2 times at a local archery club. Fun, but dangerous in group, and not much liberty at such a club for security reasons.
An arrow has to be sharp because a sharp arrow hurts less. If you've ever cut yourself with a sharp knife you know what I mean: there isn't much pain, but the blood is indeed flowing out of the wound. If you do the same with an unsharp knife there will be lots of pain instead. Same is true for bullet so I assume same is true for arrow as well.
Lovely picture indeed, powerful expression the shakey effect hurts my eyes a bit tho... then again, maybe it adds an element... related to the movement of the arrow... motion...
It's not a plaster I'm not sure what happened with the pic, hehe.
One needs space to practise. I don't live at home in our huge garden anymore... and it's dangerous to practise, nevertheless.
I totally agree with what you say about sharpness. In the future I hope to hunt down animals to eat (I am not a vegetarian, but I don't want animals to suffer.. so then I will kill and hunt for myself). I don't like guns..
Have you ever hunted your own food (even other than animals?)? I've seen a marvelous 3 part series about this called Wild Foods. I was so impressed, there were many old ways I never heard of, and the nice thing was that they not only spoke of these hidden edible treats they often actually hunted for them too in the old, traditional ways. Same for the preparation of the food.
Hunting [an animal] would be one of the few ways I'd consider eating an animal. I am vegetarian but all rules are meant to be broken at time when a stronger ratio is able to apply. In my view hunting, preparing and consuming an animal in the most natural way where the animal suffered the least, led a natural life in its natural habitat, and where the hunter put his or her own energy into the hunt... it might be even more harmoneous than buying the mass grown/produced vegetables bought at the grocery store. There are [scientific] studies which prove plants do have emotions, and are far more connected to us than the eye can tell. A great book about this is The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.
I have hunted my own food.. but only with snares and traps. Also I use to fish sometimes. The whole year I am gathering plants, herbs, mushrooms and berries into the wild. I am regularly studying what can be eated in nature. I certainly plan to be self-sustainable, you know
I have never seen these series, but I would love to! Are they to be found at the intrnet?
I have lived and worked on an organic farm.. our sheeps did live free on an iseland the whole year, but sometimes we killed some for food. I know that all our animals were happy and lived a worthy life. I don't think it's worse to eat meat than plants.. as long its done wit respect and understanding. I hope to one day have some animals myself. I do deeply respect them, and the plants and trees as well. I won't harm life. We are all life eating itself to keep evolving and expanding. I don't see animals as more worth than the plant world. I may communicate just as good with the green, and I deeply respect it. It's so much more about it than reaches our eyes! They have senses, and a life, most humans would never understand. I'm in awe!
Oh, I have thought about reading that book, and I certainly will. It's little I find more interesting than the secret life of plants..
very good points you make, your experience is very pure.
Yes, these are found on the Internet, and there are various other movies (fiction & non-fiction) about your lifestyle, or they correlates to it (like say the movie Into The Wild, and I told you about The Village in an other thread too), and, given your age a movie like Revolution from 1968 might be nice to experience 'the hippie time'. I just mention it, I don't know what you're exactly after for inspiration. I've seen some good documentaries about raw & organic food as well, own quite a few related books, and know people who are serious about this although thats a public example.
In the time onward I'll think of more people who are into this philosophy and wish to bring it into practice, and try to bring them together, because they do exist. I know one fellow who lives like this in the UK, but his job is in IT, so he has some trouble. There are just some issues I have with self-sustainability, income, and my area of expertise (related to computers & networking), and my passion (goa trance). Then there is this issue I have, feeling it like a 'dream' or 'fata morgana'. Cause elsewhere is the other world, the big one, and the law applies on your own lil' place. You can't run away from that (ie. The Village). So, right now, I wouldn't be able to combine this in the way you outline. Or, I just don't see how. Still, I am so glad you aim to live in this fashion. Your way of life does make a lot of sense, and I'm humbled I'm able to give you some insights which aid you.
BTW, I have quite a lot of books I got here which I'd lend out or trade. I also trade recipes. Many books are also found on the Internet... let me know if you search for anything specific, or would like a list of what I got.