What We Do Not Miss By Zach Pezzillo

In contrast to the previous blog, I’ve decided to write about the things that we do not miss.

As you might imagine, living on Kure Atoll, a remote and tiny speck in the middle of a vast ocean, has been nothing short of an extraordinary experience. With neither power nor wifi to connect us with the rest of the world, it becomes easy to forget that there are actually billions of people busily living their day to day lives beyond our horizons. Sure, we get updates from time to time from friends and family, via satellite phone emails, but they have become what seems like surreal parts of an ongoing plot from a fantasy novel. The goings-on of the rest of the world are, at this point, so foreign to us that it is difficult to view them with any sense of reality.

Life out here is incredibly simple, profoundly uncomplicated, and is dictated almost entirely by what nature has in store for us. Our days revolve around the sun and the moon, the rain and the wind, the plants and the creatures that we so humbly share this island with. There is light and there is dark, there is life and there is death. It really is that simple. Anything more than that is considered unnecessary and even frivolous.

I have come to realize that there are many things that I don’t miss about the world we have temporarily left behind. I definitely don’t miss politics. I don’t miss waiting in line for gas nor do I miss having to pay bills, or trying to figure out my taxes. I could honestly fill an entire page with things that I don’t miss. Mostly, I don’t miss the complexities of normal life and the constant bombardment of the distraction that accompany it.

Life here affords a kind of clear-headedness I have not found anywhere else. Without the constant thrum of noise associated with the outside world, I find that I have the ability to focus 100 percent on a thought, a moment, or whatever task is currently at hand. Oddly, I find this both exhilarating and immensely satisfying.

I have posed the same question to the rest of the crew and found their answers to be equally illuminating.

Soren said that she didn’t miss “Donald Trump’s face on my TV every day.”

Samantha said that she didn’t miss fake news and advertisements.

Along the same lines, Michelle mentioned “Reality, internet, cell phones, TV, and news.”

Reed said that he didn’t miss cars. “The smell, the sound, and the speeding by with pretty much anyone at the wheel.”

Saxony’s responded that she did not miss “Life on an overpopulated island in a very anthropocentric culture. Aside from the conservation aspect, coming out to Kure was partially an escapist attempt; living in a culture that promotes a species-centered, arrogance, and willful ignorance on non-human life is more than depressing.”

With only a few weeks left on Kure, everyone seems to be both excited and apprehensive about returning to the real world.

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