Monday, November 16, 2009

A classified ad (and the story goes that it received thousands of responses)

"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in event of success."

--Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922 -- British merchant naval officer and explorer. On his expedition to the Antarctic in 1907-09, he sledged to within 97 miles of the South Pole. When, on his second expedition, his ship Endurance was crushed by ice in the Weddell Sea, he made an 800-mile voyage in an open boat to South Georgia, then made the first crossing of that island, with two others, to save the rest of his men.)

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1 comment:

  1. I am not surprised. Somehow this sort of adventure contains a certain absolution for men who feel that thier lives have been largely meaningless or self-consumed