Pandora is beautiful, but it's dangerous. That was one thing that James Cameron really wanted us to remember. Amazing however, that despite the dangers we all came to love it so much. Granted it's easier because being a fictional world we can imagine ourselves as immune to danger, but I was wondering how many of us would really make it on Pandora. Wouldn't it be nice to be a Na'vi, to run in the trees, feel the ground under your feet, breath clean air unpolluted by automobile exhaust?
I was a big outdoors type when I was younger and still retain my enjoyment of camping and hiking. I was in the Boy Scouts for 12 years, and went on plenty of trips to remote places for camping. However I always wondered how long I would last in the wild. How long would any of us last outside of our cushy, comfortable, civilization? It's easy to imagine but a lot harder in practice. I've done two trips in my life where I was pushed the farthest I had been. They were both 110 mile hiking trips over 10 days in the mountains of New Mexico. It's really something to be 100 miles from civilization. Those trips were tough, and they tested my resolve and ingenuity, but I wasn't pushed to my limit. Therefore I can't accurately say where my limit is, but I want to find it.
So Pandora got me thinking, if civilization collapsed, could we make it in the wilderness? I would like to say yes, but I don't truly beleive it. I think human society has evolved us to the point of needing it so desperately, that we can't live without it, and we'll do anything to preserve it, no matter how deranged and demented it is. I am guilty of it. I find it hard to imagine living without the comforts of civilization: my computer (on which I write to you readers), my cell phone, my air conditioning. But Avatar got me thinking about getting back to basics. Like any addict, I can't quit cold turkey, but I'm entertaining the idea that we haven't fallen so far from our noble, "savage" ancestors. Thankfully, there is still wilderness left in the world that we can go to and learn about ourselves. Like Dr. Augustine said "There are many dangers on Pandora, and one of the subtlest is that you may come to love it too much."I hope this gets you thinking about how we live in society a little bit. It's good for us to remember that deep within us lies the ability to connect with nature, no matter how much we may have forgotten it. Irayo Willofeywa 16:20, April 4, 2010 (UTC)