He resigns himself to his predicament almost with relief: “Already he felt no real need to leave the island, and this alone confirmed that he had established dominion over it.” Maitland is an anti-Crusoe, revelling in his accidental freedom.
“Perhaps, secretly, we hoped to be marooned, to escape our families, lovers and responsibilities,” said Ballard.
When comparing our current angst, whatever that might be, to being shipwrecked left for dead on a lost island our problems are very trivial. Your fate could be worse…like the fate of your crewmates who are now fish food.
No matter how bad you think your current situation is, it could always be worse. Second Lesson: One day, Crusoe noticed a few sprouting plants that were foreign to the habitat.
Through trial and error and countless failures that would have crumpled the average person into a heap of defeat, he perfected the craft and produced earthenware thus enabling him to raise his quality of life.
The attainment of any achievement is through focus and commitment. The broken and crumbled piles pottery scattered around your life are nothing more than lessons on how not to make a pot with clay.He decides to nurture them to see what they become.Low and behold they mature into a few stalks of corn, barley and rice.Some years ago the New Yorker banned desert-island cartoons from the magazine.The ragged, bearded fellow making satirical observations from his little patch of sand with its lone palm tree had become a tired formula.He begins as a wanderer, aimless on a sea he does not understand and ends up enlightened.His enlightenment does not come through listening to sermons in a church but through spending time alone amongst nature with only his thoughts.He deduced they came from seeds that where hidden amongst the dust particles he shook out of a bag he salvaged from the wrecked ship. Those few seeds when harvested and replanted gave him sustenance for years to come. You need to open your eyes and see the opportunities that spring up around you and take action. They may come in the form of people you meet or an inspired idea.In every case, you need to take action to propel the sequence of events that will germinate and grow the seeds into a bountiful crop.Similar to Crusoe who'd made his island his kingdom, I created a world of my own in this newfound state of mine.Despite having to cut my acquaintance with Crusoe short due to being bogged down with studies, I always kept in mind the isolationist mentality of Crusoe and the benefits it entails.