Total Isolation

What isolation taught me about the need for others

Five years ago, I volunteered to be dropped off unaccompanied on an uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for sixty-days as a survival experiment. I didn’t take any food. I had no water, no tools, no knife, no lighter or equipment to help me survive in any way. In fact, to prove that I had exactly nothing up my ‘sleeve’, I was dropped off as naked as the day I was born.

As the noise of the Fijian fishing boat’s motor faded into the sound of the waves crashing into the reef, I was left standing naked on the beach. Vulnerable and literally exposed, I was struck by one overriding and overwhelming emotion: panic.

At the time, I hadn’t a clue why I was panicking, and it could easily have been attributed to the somewhat daunting survival mission that I had set myself. However, with the benefit of hindsight and time to reflect, I now know exactly what I was terrified of: being on my own.

The sixty-day ordeal came and went. It was deemed to be

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Jeff Olstad 30 July 2017

I just spent ten minutes writing a post and it poofed into the ether when I tried to upload it. I probably won't ever try to post again.

Jeremy Brimblecombe 16 April 2017

A great ideology but don’t you think that the default response in all life is mistrust, it appeared at the same time as predation and forever to be with us. Life has proved itself to be perpetually swinging between conflict and collaboration, it powers the evolution of all species.