Dear Fred

Thank you for your incisive feedback. You didn’t provide your e-mail address with your comments, so I’m hoping that you will get to see this.

In my last update, I intended no disrespect for Ray Mears – I have the greatest admiration for his values. I was particularly impressed that he took the time and trouble to respond to a question I’d asked him – I’d asked what charities he has seen working directly with indigenous peoples to encourage them to value and nurture their traditional skills. He couldn’t think of one at the time, but sent me a handwritten note a couple of days later to suggest such a charity, the Tribes Foundation. (Incidentally, he has beautiful handwriting.)

The reason that I’d asked him this question is that I’m planning a major expedition, and am looking for a tie-in with a charity that supports indigenous cultures in an appropriate manner so that I can help promote their cause. As you seem interested in this kind of thing yourself, maybe you can suggest one?

You wrote that I entirely missed the point of the course. It’s intriguing that you feel able to judge me without knowing me. On the contrary, I believe that I completely got the point of the course. However, my perception of the point is rooted in a very personal view of the world’s future, which I generally prefer not to publicise. If you’re interested in bushcraft and indigenous skills, maybe you’ve come across the Hopi tribe. If so, you may have some idea what informed my decision to take the course.

The contact details you provided were:
ADDRESS: The, Forest, Somewhere, Some code
TELEPHONE: Who knows
But maybe you could provide me with more accurate contact details, so that we can keep future correspondence confidential.

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