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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alone in the Taiga

Smithsonian magazine published a couple of years ago this fascinating article about a Russian family who fled Stalinist persecution to live in a remote area of Siberia in the 1930's and remained there with no other human contact for four decades, grubbing a living out of the wilderness and practicing their fundamentalist Old Believer faith - they didn't even know that World War II had happened until they were found by a team of Russian geologists exploring the area by helicopter in 1978. But they still refused to return to "sinful" civilization - now only one is left, 70-year-old Agafia, who is shown in this 2013 video.

This story brings up many profound reflections on human nature, society, religion, and materialism - but I will leave you readers to explore your own thoughts on those things. Your Head Trucker will say only that on some days he can well sympathize with the desire to find a remote, happy little spot far from the madding crowd - but he would damn sure pick a warmer spot than Siberia to exile himself to! Aruba, maybe.


Frank said...

I'd read that Aruba was quite homophobic, but a quick Google search proved otherwise. Sounds like a plan. I'll talk to Leon about it - I like beaches more than juniper dotted deserts.

Russ Manley said...

The French and Dutch islands, I've read, are much more gay-friendly than the virulently homophobic English-speaking islands. Quel dommage!

Davis said...

Amazing and touching. Yes I can empathize and like you will select something more temperate!

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