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Valuing Everything

SPIRITUALITIES

Some hikers chose Hiking or any Outdoor Activities & Practices as a path to a simple life, often practicing contemplation techniques, yoga and meditation along their journey. 


Some walk for a while.

Other walks for life,  across mountains, countries and realities.

ETHICS

Trail Courtesy

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GENERAL DEFINITION 


Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The field of ethics, along with aesthetics, concerns matters of value, and thus comprises the branch of philosophy called Axiology.


Ethics seeks to resolve questions of human morality by defining concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime. As a field of intellectual inquiry, moral philosophy also is related to the fields of moral psychology, descriptive ethics, and value theory.


TRAIL ETHICS 


Trail Ethics deals with ethics as it applies to the use of trails. 

It is similar to both environmental ethics and human rights in that it deals with the shared interaction of humans and nature. There are multiple agencies and groups that support and encourage ethical behavior on trails.


Trail ethics applies to the use of trails, by pedestrians, dog walkers, hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, equestrians, hunters, and off-road vehicles.


Sometimes conflicts can develop between different types of users of a trail or pathway. 


Etiquette has developed to minimize such interference. Examples include:


⚠ When two groups meet on a steep trail, a custom has developed in some areas whereby the group moving uphill has the right-of-way.

Example : Bikers are fast and can stop and go easily so they let everything else have the right of way. Horses are big and unpredictable so they get the right of way.

As a slow, unprotected hiker, I’m not about to argue the right of way with a horse or biker or ATV or anything else I might meet. I will always politely yield the trail and use the time to take a deep breath and say ‘Howdy’ 🙂 Pic 1 .


⚠ Trail users generally avoid making loud sounds, such as shouting or loud conversation, playing music, or the use of mobile phones. However, in bear country, making noise is a safety precaution.


⚠ Trail users tend to avoid impacting on the land through which they travel. Users can avoid impact by staying on established trails, and durable surfaces, not picking plants, or disturbing wildlife, and carrying garbage out. The Leave No Trace (Next Topic) movement offers a set of guidelines for low-impact hiking.


⚠ The feeding of wild animals is dangerous and can cause harm to both the animals and to other people.


⚠ Mountain bikers must yield to both hikers and riders on horses (equestrians), unless the trail is clearly designated and marked for bike-only travel. Hikers yield to equestrians.

Leave No Trace

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Leave only footprints, it summarizes the principles of Leave no trace.

 "Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories". 


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AESTHETICS

Definition

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The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.

Jawaharlal Nehru


Aesthetics, or Esthetics is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of beauty and taste, as well as the philosophy of art (itself a subdivision of philosophy and branch of aesthetics). It examines subjective and sensori-emotional values, or sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste.


Aesthetics covers both natural and artificial sources of aesthetic experience and judgment. It considers what happens in our minds when we engage with aesthetic objects or environments, such as viewing visual art, listening to music, reading poetry, or exploring nature. 


The philosophy of art specifically studies how artists Imagine, create, and perform works of art, as well as how people use, enjoy, and criticize their art. It deals with how one feels about art in general, why they like some works of art and not others, and how art can affect our moods or even our beliefs.

Origins of Dragon's Myth

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The Philosophy behind a legendary creature.


All starts at the Human Brain limits and skills . The most fascinating explanation involves an unexpected animal : The Dragon


In his book An Instinct for Dragons, anthropologist David E. Jones argues that belief in dragons is so widespread among ancient cultures (Asia - Europe - Africa) because evolution embedded an innate fear of predators in the human mind.


Just as monkeys have been shown to exhibit a fear of snakes and large cats, Jones hypothesizes that the trait of fearing large predators—such as pythons, birds of prey and elephants—has been selected for in hominids. 


In more recent times, he argues, these universal fears have been frequently combined in folklore and created the myth of the dragon.


This knocks the door of a mysterious world : The secret behind the evolution of Human Intelligence.