Our Thirst for the Wild Earth

A journey into Antarctica’s wilderness

Above all, perhaps, we thirst for reminders that we live on Earth.

Fundamentally, I think our desire to plunge ourselves headfirst into the proverbial storm goes deeper. We’re born with an innate understanding that the forces of nature are physical manifestations of the latent forces within our own selves. There is nothing that occurs in the outside world that doesn’t exist within your very being. People like Ernest Shackleton, who kept returning time and time again to the very place that almost destroyed him, must have understood this. Our greatest limits lie not in glaciers nor in hurricanes but rather in the locked rooms of our collective psyche. Destruction breeds transformation. Historical arsonists the likes of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan lay waste to entire civilisations — but look at what rose out of the ashes.

Perhaps as a species we have reached our own point of reckoning. Perhaps we too need a reminder — a message from the wilds of the Earth — in order for us to wake up.

Photographs my own (as featured in Suitcase Magazine)

Learning Journeys | Ecological Literacy | Author, poet, wilderness guide | Investor | Co-founder Atlas Unbound, Ground Effect (alexafirmenich.com)

Learning Journeys | Ecological Literacy | Author, poet, wilderness guide | Investor | Co-founder Atlas Unbound, Ground Effect (alexafirmenich.com)