The World We Live In



The world we live in is a dangerous place. Crime and violence are on the rise; we have all been affected by this in some way. Diseases once eradicated are now resurfacing. Factories spew out pollution to the detriment of the environment.

Governments are taxing us to such a degree it is more and more difficult to stay afloat, much less get ahead. Our rights are being dismantled piecemeal; there is a systematic push by big government to control our every move and action.

Society in general is more uncaring and inconsiderate. Talk of love and tolerance abound, but the truth is, the world we live in couldn’t be more uncaring or intolerant.

Cities are overpopulated. The cost of living is unbearable. Schools and the media no longer promote the truth. Morality is a thing of the past for most of people. In a nutshell, modern society sucks. I yearn to just get away from it all; throw away my cell phone and high tech gadgets and build an artificial island somewhere out at sea. 

A lovely idea to say the least, but is it realistic? Perhaps…

In 1998, Richart Sowa created an artificial island off the coast of Mexico. He used 150,000 plastic bottles in mesh bags, covered with pallets and soil. He planted mangrove trees, grass and other plants on top, which gave the island’s base solidity as the roots intertwined through the bottles beneath. He named the island Spiral Island.

Spiral Island was destroyed in a hurricane, so Richart built a second, larger island, using 250,000 plastic bottles. The island still exists today.

Reading about this got me thinking. Why couldn’t I do the same thing, but on a grander scale, with individuals of like mind, people who are also sick and tired of modern society? A million plastic bottles, some mesh bags, pallets and a lot of dirt and presto, instant micro-nation!

Or maybe it would be easier to simply hijack one of the many deserted islands or abandoned oil platforms… 

It’s a thought… 

~ Garmarna, Herr Mannelig