If you were left all alone on an island, and there was no way to escape, would you kill yourself (keeping in mind there's a noose in one of the rooms)?
Kill myself ? No way. I would face each hurdle till the last dance of my breath to save myself in such a very odd situation. I would even explore the fruitful use of that dreary noose for my living rather than to finish my journey. Maybe it would be of some use for hitching some pet animal to the post. This life is a precious gift, we must safeguard it not only against outside enemies but also keep it intact from our own suicidal tendencies. I'm all for life till my last breath and dead against causing harm to it either myself or getting it distorted by someone else. Only one exception is there : a soldier's duty. Even if I'm not a soldier but if called for in the event of any eventuality, I 'll not budge from my duty, and even stake my life in the line of my duty. I don't know why such a question has been posted by you, but it would be interesting to go through myriad answers to this question.
Hi Harish, thank you for your wonderful answer. I asked this question because I have finished reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie lately which involves such a situation. I was curious about what people would do, since our perception of things and responses to them are so different from some others.
So the island has a house with rooms.And rope. What else is in the house. Is there a kitchen. .
I had the exact, same thought. And maybe some good books laying around. And internet of course. And a Jacuzzi. And chocolate.
And lot's of coconut palms ........ crystal clear waters ...... long sandy beach .......
Yes plan a trip where you never been , meet new people who build you up and appreciate your value and contribution in your gift as a human. If you have not figured out your special gift in talent then venture and test and experience get involve to see what you are really good at. Painting, writing, gardening , woodwork
Car collecting ,and more , meet people in general and be there for some one who needs you , many people need mentors volunteer yourself.
Much success to you on your journey.
Be there for someone who needs you ...... only this I could understand. :-)
And no one to share it with? Lifeless existence.
I have no certainty as to how I would act/react in circumstances when I was left totally alone. It's possible to speculate and guess, of course. That is based upon a reasonably comfortable life now, when I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a warm and dry and safe place to lie down and sleep. I could say, "I would end it all." or "I would value life, because it is not mine to play with." And all the pseudo-religious mambo-jumbo. But in the real situation? Who knows. None of us knows our full capability until confronted with reality.
My guess is that, during the early period of alone-ness, there would be fear and anxious searching for someone else who might have survived. As hunger gradually crept up on me, there would come depression and more anxiety, brought on by hypoglycemic conditions in my body. The cold sweat and shivering of withdrawal which so many drug- and alcohol-dependent people experience. After a week or two of these symptoms, I would be getting thinner, losing the surplus fat. I might have found some raw fish or molluscs that were good to eat (after having been violently sick from sampling a poisonous one). I might have found some small quantity of fresh water, caught in the basin-like leaf of a tropical plant. I would find a new energy that allowed me to walk briskly along the beach and into the undergrowth, searching for ..... anything of interest.
If time did not bring me a reasonably contented life, with some kind of associate company, even in the form of a pet turtle, or a dolphin, or a bird of some kind, then life would see me talking to myself. Ultimately incoherent jabber, leading to insanity and carelessness. Before very long, I would have stumbled into a rock pool, my face covered, unable through weakness, to life myself out and survive. Maybe the fall would have given me concussion or skull fracture.
I would die just like any other life form, animal, vegetable, insect, worm. And become welcomed dinner for the crabs..... but not before having enjoyed the solitude which only the absence of Television, You Tube and Sitcom can bring.
Thank you for voicing your views, Ali and Kiss andTales.
Internet and a hammock and plenty of books would suffice for me.
Oi vey what is this with the killing and the stabbing and the hanging. Again with the talking suicide. Suicide is suddenly fashionable now? Is suicide the "new black"? Once upon a time attempting suicide was seen as an extreme symptom of mental illness. Now it's "eh". Broken marriage: suicide. Failed career : suicide. Deserted island:suicide? What for, to be fashionably "late" )
Life is a gift and anyone who would convince you its not is your enemies.
God is of the living he grants life. Satan steals it away by his uncanny power.
Mainly he convinces you there is no value in yourself.
This is another way we can umderstand the value of humans .
By Mel Robbins, a riotously funny self-help author and life coach with a syndicated radio show. In it, she mentioned that scientists calculate the probability of your existing as you, today, at about one in 400 trillion (4×1014).
“That’s a pretty big number,” I thought to myself. If I had 400 trillion pennies to my name, I could probably retire.
You are a wonderful miracle.
Let no one convince you different
Find something wondeful you enjoy that makes you happy that you can enjoy with your gift.
Get away from the dark room come into the light its much refreshing.
Anybody can have these thoughts but you are a miracle that you were made to conquer. Much love to you!
There is always hope. We all live in hope so I would not kill myself and find ways to attract ships or planes .
Being alone is not so bad; you make all the decisions, no one is cutting you off on the highway, you'll eat healthier with fish and coconuts and have a nice tan to boot.
Alone on a Island? Fabulous to think about. I would make that noose into a swing and have a peaceful time in quietness.
Death might just be a doorway. Then where does your suicide leave you? Up a river I suppose.
Looking back to the original question - If you were left all alone on an island, and there was no way to escape, would you kill yourself (keeping in mind there's a noose in one of the rooms)? The way I look at this is the island was once inhabited, but no longer is. If that is the case then when it was vacated most of the supplies would have been removed. There is a good possibility that there is a great deal of deterioration as time went past. As I see it there would be no books or other useful items. The fact there is a rope available is a lucky thing to find. The next question I would have is besides being alone would I have any supplies that I brought along and could I fix / repair the room / building on this island. I would then see this as a challenge of survival. I know that there are people out there that care for me and will be looking for me even if it takes years for us to meet again. Basically I would not look for ways to end my life but seek was to keep going.
I noticed you mentioned rooms. What rooms are on this Island?
To me a room means there must be shelter. If that is the case, I would be less likely to go nuts. But, I would not kill myself. I have a pretty inventive side, and I will find things to do.
I grew up in a very isolated area of Michigan. We originally had no running water, no plumbing, and heated our house with wood. If it wasn't for electricity, it would have been just like it was living back in the 1800's. I found lots of things to do, to keep me busy.
Another question is, what kind of Island is this? Is it tropical, is there a forest or a stream to get wood and water from? Can crops be grown there? Are there animals to hunt for food, or fish to catch?
I would think my life would be very Gilligan's Island like. just hope there aren't any head hunting neighbors. But, a visit from an actor who wants to escape from public life for a while would be ok. Send me Jake Gyllenhaal or Chris Evans and I would be good. Or both. Then maybe send Ellen, we could spend every day playing games, and attempting to scare each other.
Then hope for that big rescue.
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