The Adventures of Ulysses and the Outward Bound Motto


James T. Neill

Outward Bound Australia, 1996


The purpose of this essay is to explain and explore the Outward Bound motto ‘to serve, to strive, and not to yield’.  In doing so, I discuss Kurt Hahn, Alfred Lord Tennyson and his poem Ulysses, the events of Ulysses’ life, and also deal with criticisms of the mythical quest and the Outward Bound motto.  My hope is that this essay is a challenging read which enriches people’s understanding of the philosophy embodied in the motto and expressed through Outward Bound programs.

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