Motives for Speleology

  • curiosity (what is there around the corner?)
  • pioneering spirit (I want to be the first, despite the dangers)
  • search and find like-minded friends (including the creation of families)
  • desire for knowledge (the discovery of new parts of caves is equivalent to creation of a new theory!)
  • aesthetic feelings (pleasure from beauty of caves, creation of photos and videos)
  • love for contrasts (light - dark, cold - warm)
  • insight into the concepts of space and time (in the caves we experience "deformation" of our perception of these categories)
  • sexual motives (identification of the underworld with maternal womb)
  • escape from civilization (a return to nature, clean water and air, etc.)
  • transition to a parallel world (often inflated idealization of speleo society)
  • unconscious motives, such as a return to the past (the introduction to the spiritual world of our ancestors), revival (entering the underground associates with death, returning to the surface - beginning of a new life)
  • research interests
  • sports component (getting muscular joy)