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12 September 2018


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J Campbell

If you are born into the society of a remote community, you most likely will have much less individual freedom than one would think.

As an outsider (especially male and with a means of self-sustainment), one could possibly live on the fringes and opt out of much of the society, but when one is born into the society, there are all the cultural taboos and gender role constraints and opting out of those are nearly impossible.

At least in "modern countries", there is a chance you can get a small, semi-remote piece of land; live as simply and roughly if you wish; pay your taxes; and not be interfered with (because rule of law mostly works), while still having access to "civilization" (medical help, stores and such) if you desire.

However, if you wish to be a part of any community, I think participation will always come at the expense of personal autonomy.

Should be an interesting novel.

Bernard Corden

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for those who think differently - Rosa Luxemburg

Paul Oates

In my experience and as a generalization, millionaires are often the most unhappiest people alive whereas those who have the least are often happier.

Still, those of us who aren't millionaires could always appreciate a helping hand at times.

Philip Fitzpatrick

A combination of the two things is the conclusion that I'm coming to Paul.

The difficulty is that the undesired elements of the two things have a nasty habit of impinging where they are not wanted.

Lindsay F Bond

Awe Stray-ons are a mix-up lot
whose game is flirt and see
and sleep and eat and walk about
then brag incessantly
until a child just nine miss stands
reminds remands of past
historic claims now not of chains
awed stray-ons flag to mast.

Paul Oates

At the risk of opening up a storm of vitriol from those who populate a certain coloured part of the political spectrum, perhaps the answer Phil should be to combine both worlds and someone vainly trying to cope with the alternative to a life they experienced when they grew up.

Actually, that loosely describes many of my generation.

The so called X and Y generations now look at the Baby Boomers and can't imagine how they could possibly survive without their smart phones and immediate access to a plethora of information at the flick of a screen.

The vast majority of those who suggest we should go back to nature are those who imagine what it's like but have never actually tried it.

When you sit around a campfire at night and trade stories without any mobile phone coverage you start to understand why many long for this sort of life. Yet the obverse is true when the access to modern medicine and communications allow so much more to be learnt.

The truth is to juggle the balance between the two worlds. Maybe at the end of your book you arrange for both adventurers to meet up in some way and compare notes?

Happiness is without doubt, always in the eye of the beholder and cannot be truly assessed by degree without experiencing the alternative.

Lindsay F Bond

Hap.haz.ard.ness -- what it seems where rascals raid, and where voting's rigged, and where forests are ruined, and where medication supply is routed...until thinking connects...then it is clear that haphazard may not be random. Happy the router, hazed the loser, hard the trouble, 'ness' is the mess that continues until people enough join the dots...elect representatives who can and will bring on a more widely enjoyable sense of happiness and freedom.

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