6 arguments that will convince you that living on a lonely island wouldn’t be all that bad

Modern times aren’t easy. That’s for sure. But is it so bad, that we should consider moving to a lonely island, such as  Elliðaey shown above, the most northeastern of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) in the South of Iceland with two houses and behold a population of five inhabitants?

Living in such a way, would of course be interesting for all those of us, that would enjoy their life in solitude, but would it be worth it for the rest of us?

1. You have next to no risk of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack

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September 11, 2001 (Twin Towers, NYC, United States of America)

This might sound rather grim but it’s the truth. While the rest of us, especially those that live in the bigger cities, need to face the possibility of an attack, someone living on an island will not be threatened by that. Terrorists want to strike the most people possible, so an island with a very low number of inhabitant will not be their target.

2. You don’t have to deal with all the political crap going on at the moment

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Another rather convincing fact is that you won’t be effected with whatever they do in politics. To me it sometimes seems as if people can’t deal with all the crises at the moment. They try to ignore the problems by turning more and more racist. A good example for that circumstance is the Brexit. Great Britain is a country so scared of foreign immigrants that it seceded from the EU, without considering the harm that it might do to their economy as well as reputation.

This also applies to the elections in the US in the future. This, in my opinion, will turn out to be a decision for who is the least bad.

So why not go live on a lonely island, while everyone else has to deal with this.

3. You own a boat

Let’s leave the unreasonable politics and turn to the cool parts of living on an island.

You will most likely own a boat! If you don’t, I feel really sorry for you! Living on an island like Elliðaey that is so far away from the next supermarket, will not be fun with no way to reach it!

4. You don’t need to deal with annoying neighbors

Everyone that has neighbors that are super intrusive understand this. They freak at every little thing you do. If your children are a little to loud they threaten you with calling the police. When you mow you lawn they are mad because they want to take a nap. When you don’t trim your trees they scream at you when just one leaf finds its way into their garden and of course you should never play with a ball on your property because if it accidentally lands on their’s, you will never get it back since they will file a complaint should you ever enter their plot of land.

In that case a solitary island will solve all your problems.

5. You always have an excuse why you don’t contact people and they can’t reach you

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If you are like me, you sometimes enjoy not being reachable. Not your mom, friends, grandma or boss can just call and tell you things you need to do. Excuses like, that you were in an area without service or your phone battery died usually don’t work. But if you live that far away from society these reasons automatically make sense.

This will have the disadvantage that you will most likely not have a telephone wire nor WiFi access at all, but everything has a dark and a bright side.

6. You can throw large partys

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This would be my primary reason for moving that far out. Everywhere you live you need to turn the music down since you don’t want somebody to call the police because of noise disturbance. SHOUTOUT to all my neighbors for being such party poopers!

 

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7 reasons to not lose hope in humanity

There are those days – something bad has happend, it’s all over the news. Wherever you go you see headlines about it, the radio keeps you up to date half-hourly and your family and friends only want to discuss this one topic. You look in the mirror – stare directly at yourself and wonder if – if you had been raised differently, if you had lost everything, if you had believed in something else – would you have done the same thing. Are humans born to commit crime or are they raised to do so?

If you are like me and stand in the bath looking at your reflection in the mirror a lot, then these tips might help you to not lose hope and faith in humanity.

1. Look at children

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A lot of crises that torment the world at the moment, have to do with prejudice, racial differences and religious backgrounds. Non of us can say that we are free of these, no matter what developed and multicultural country we come from.

Everybody has already been so brainwashed by society, that it’s simply impossible to distinguish whether we have come to our core beliefs and ideology based on personal experience, or based on stereotypes we heard. But if you watch children you can observe that they don’t make decisions based on societies opinion but rather based on their own. Humans aren’t born racist, it is something they become during the course of their life.

2. Do something good

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Get active! To be able to look into you own eyes in the mirror and so you can tell yourself truthfully that you have done something against your own demons, you should get out there, and help those who suffer.

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing could be more truthful. If you give things to others, things that only you are able to give them, then it isn’t only them that will have gained something, you will have as well. The best things in life are free!

3. Get politically active

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You are now most likely rolling your eyes and say: “No, I’m not going to. I have a job, kids etc.” Bla, bla, bla. I hear so many people complaining about global crises and what solutions they would find soooo much better, but in the end – nobody is doing anything.

In the past our ancestors had to fight to have a say in politics, while nowadays nobody wants to care. This, by the way, is also the reason why so many right-winged extremist political parties temporary have such a rise in power.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Edmund Burke

So if you want to change something, go into politics, because just complaining about things not working out, won’t get you anywhere.

4. Look at the facts and inform yourself

Another thing you shouldn’t do, is look away. This is easily done in modern days, since due to terrible things appearing in the news, we become immune to them. To prevent yourself from becoming a hardhearted and uncaring person, please at least look the evil in the eyes, instead of refusing to see it.

5. Don’t be scared

The thing that usually keeps us from doing something is anxiety. Because we know what happend to others that have said something before us, we don’t want to speak up. We are scared and want to prevent the same thing from happening to us.

But if you continue hiding, you will never make a change!

6. Don’t forget about the good things

For your own peace of mind, please don’t let the bad things outshine (outshadow) the good. You can’t always see everything black and white. Our world is full of colors and some of them will be beclouded by the bad while the good will brighten others. We just need to balance them in out mind.

7. Write it down

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First thing to do when you don’t know how to deal with something, is always to talk to somebody about it. But if you aren’t good at speaking about your feelings with someone else, then write it down. Make a private diary and tell an imaginary person all of your thoughts. Sometimes you must just put your feelings into phrases to understand them better. Understanding is the first step to overcome your mental crisis and to not lose hope.

Tell me if you agree with this list and whether you look at yourself in the mirror a lot while having such thoughts. (-_^)