Re: "Risking it all: Why?," Citizen Telegram, Feb. 7. You know why but wanted to provoke an answer, so here goes.
A man climbs peaks all over the world. When asked why he climbs and puts himself and his family at risk, he responds "I feel like a ship at sea with no rudder when I'm not climbing or training for a climb."
Another who had to be rescued off Mount Everest at great danger to those rescuing him wrote, "The black dog of depression troubles my life and the only way to escape is to climb."
Tolstoy wrote a small story, "How much land does a man need?" The answer is, "Just one more tract."
The answer to the question seems to be that man needs a sense of purpose, be it climbing, acquiring, risking, conquering, whatever. At lunch with a friend, he seemed depressed and I asked why. He replied, "I'm not necessary any more. I have a manager running my company, a butler running my home, an accountant keeping my books and a lawyer handling my legal stuff." Towards the end of lunch he thought he'd go home to Mexico and build a new home, it would give him something to do.
If a man doesn't have a clear view of where he came from, why he is here, or where he goes from here, then life takes many routes to try to find a sense of meaning, purpose and resolving the question beyond the final heart beat.
Fortunately, there are good answers to the "why." Answers found in a world view, based on the message of the Bible.
Fort Worth, Texas
We need your ideas and suggestions for the future use of the recently restored Cayton Ranger Station. We also want to post everyone on the Forest Service's Interpretive Plan for the Divide Creek area. The Forest Service presentation will include plans for recreation, natural resources, access, etc.
The restoration of the structure of the Cayton Ranger Station is completed. We are outfitting the inside to resemble what it was like in 1910 when Ranger Jim and his school teacher wife, Birdie, lived there and oversaw 670 square miles of forest land.
The cabin and its lore is a local treasure. The intent is to make use of it. Some of the questions include what kind of use(s), for and by whom, under what conditions of use, how to handle potential costs, how to communicate and promote the station's availability, how best to administer the use and care, etc.
We would like to enroll a steering committee to oversee the development of the next "use phase" of the station. This would be a short term effort to assist in getting things up and running.
We need people who are interested in history, particularly Divide Creek area history, with a passion to enhance and preserve history and a willingness to share part of their time and talent for a short period to give direction to this start-up phase.
A workshop is planned for 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Colorado Mountain College on Airport Road in Rifle. It will include presentations by both the Forest Service and people associated with the Cayton Ranger Station Foundation. Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 18, to Stacey Brown at (970) 379-2259.
Dean Filiss, president
Cayton Ranger Station Foundation