A man’s self-imposed Exile into the wild, and an amazing refugee mystery features in this week’s Long Reads.
“What is human history, if not the story of man slowly becoming less alone?”
Probably my favourite article that I have read in a while. I think a lot of us feel alone in the modern world while being constantly around strangers, but when was the last time any of us was truly alone, not interacting with anyone? When I answer that question myself, I realise like the writer of this article, that I have actually never truly been alone, and I wish I could just for once, do what this writer did, take myself off in to the wilderness and just be alone with myself, away from all the noise of the world, like my email and my social media accounts.
A body in a wetsuit washes up on a beach in Norway and in the Netherlands, they are so heavily decomposed that there is no means to identify them. What starts as a simple missing persons case, takes us across Europe to the refugee camps of Calais, we learn what desperate people are willing to do.
The title is pretty self-explanatory. I just felt sad for the people in this article, I mean, realise what you are, and live life on your own terms. But religion is a powerful thing, and it makes people do strange things.