As I continued to read chapter 25 (The Mast-Head) of Moby Dick, I came across this sentence:
"For the most part, in this tropic whaling life, a sublime uneventfulness invests you; you hear no news; read no gazettes; extras with startling accounts of commonplaces never delude you into unnecessary excitements; you hear of no domestic afflictions; bankrupt securities; [or] fall of stocks...."
Ocracoke is not so isolated from the modern world as it once was, but in some ways island life can be somewhat akin to life on a nineteenth century whaling ship, as described above. It can be psychologically easy to avoid watching the evening news, reading a newspaper or magazine, or checking Internet news sites.
Activity here often revolves around family, friends, community, and nature...walking along the surf at sunrise, sharing dinner with friends, clamming in Pamlico Sound, sipping a late afternoon drink on the front porch, playing or listening to music at an outdoor cafe, taking a scud in your skiff, or watching the red-orange sky melt into a deep indigo at sunset.
Ignorance can be bliss, after all.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072112.htm.