Originally Posted by UAEguy
When you are on your boat sailing 1000 or 2000 miles from civilization, you'll likely realize just how meaningless everything outside of your control really is and you'll wish you hadn't wasted so many minutes and hours of your preciously short life in front of your computer asking questions of people who have likewise wasted hours of their lives typing answers they can't possibly know.
For me it's a distraction in between work. A few minutes here and a few minutes there. I don't party, go out drinking and pretty much spend my days working my but off between calls and working on my computer. Most of the people on this forum are great. I have come to even find great people in this thread. It's far less time consuming for me to spend a few minutes posting
here than hours in argument at some watering hole.
A lot safer too. Given the emotion of some if the conversation was taking place in say a bar, I am sure I would have been assaulted more than once.
But you are of course correct in your main point. I remember camping out in the "dense bush wilderness" in Australia
after hicking by map and compass
from the ends of a forest fire trail for 10 miles. Pitching my hicking tent surrounded by ancient trees that looked like they came from the Jurassic age.
It was in such wilderness, completely detached from the rest of the world while gazing into the enormous star lit sky of immensely bright distant stars, that I realized how insignificant even my own existence was. Very humbling.
I have had the same spiritual experience out on the ocean. A bit more difficult though in a comfortable boat with all modern conveniences. I am sure if I were in a life raft in 1,000 miles off the coast I would have a similar experience as I first did as a child. Except in that case I would be praying very hard.
Yes we are insignificant in the scheme of things. Our back and forths are in so many ways just hot air. But on the other had the flap of a butterflies wings in Central America
are also insignificant. But are they?
Sail safe and much happiness too you.