While looking for the missing plane from Malaysia, the surrounding islands have also been searched. One of these islands is inhabited by tribal residents, as I’m sure several others in the area are as well.
This particular island was mentioned because a fire was spotted on the land. Come to find out, it was a ceremonial fire of some sort and there was no connection between it and the missing plane. On the island, there were also two “nearly naked” men on the shore.
As I read about this particular island, it hit me that the residents there have no technology. They probably had no idea that a plane had even gone missing, until searchers flew overhead. Even now, they may not know. The idea of that intrigues me.
These people, and many others who have no access to technology, are living every day focused only on what’s happening in their little area of the world. It is very likely that they didn’t know about the planes that flew into the World Trade Center in NYC in 2001 , or the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995. They probably didn’t know, nor care that Bin Laden had been killed in 2011.
Their seclusion keeps them from the worries that so many of us share. They live every day going about their business, completely naive to the world around them. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up every morning without the concerns of war, or someone robbing your home or kidnapping your children?
I imagine that type of life to be blissful. Would it be challenging and full of work? Absolutely. But, it sure would be lovely. No phones, no TV, no internet, and no bad news except for our own. I realize at times, living on an island would be difficult, especially when storms come and illnesses spread. But if I could choose between living in a populated country of millions or a secluded island, I’d still choose the island.
So if you run across a secluded island, throughout your travels please keep me in mind.
Side Note – As I was searching through various photos of tribal people, two items of necessity came to mind. First, clothes. Finding a photo with clothed tribal people is a challenge. Second, sunscreen. I am way to porcelain toned to go without sunscreen.