In the TV Show “alone” ten nugget Americans are dropped off on Vancouver island. The aim is to survive the longest on their own. 

Each of the ten men is a self-proclaimed “survivor”, and (presumably) each one won’t know if he has lasted the longest. He’s just got to go for as long as he can – maybe one year. 

So far (episode 3) half of them have tapped out (called the rescue team) after 5 days. 

Aside from the cold, starvation, bears, cougars and lack of fresh water, the main thing that is getting them is the isolation. 

And as one guy states: it’s not just the isolation, but the fact you have to film your own self reporting on your experience. Somehow the camera diary pops any delusion that some of them might be able to create for themselves. 

It’s a great psychological study. And clearly shows why it’s easier to counsel others on their lives when compared with your own life. For starters, it’s clear when the survivor is not living in the “now”. 

One guy spent all day chopping wood only to find his plan for a log cabin wasn’t going to work (for some reason); and he couldn’t get over it. To me it made no difference that his hopes were dashed or his energy wasted. I could see him dwelling in the past. 

Another guy spent ages worrying about whether his daughter would forgive him for missing her fourth birthday. That one was dwelling in the future. I knew his daughter would likely suck it up. 

Most of their worries are clearly in their own heads. It’s very obvious when you see it in someone else.

One guy lives in the now. He seems very content. He just sits in his tent and films himself from a distance. He’s the only young fella: 22. 

It makes me wonder what attaches us to our own choices past and future. Aside from having no perspective, what actually connects us to the past and the future that causes such a ruckus.


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