MAN TAKES 75 DAY RETREAT IN VERMONT, RETURNS TO THE WORLD AND ASKS IF HE MISSED ANYTHING
Wow. This is amazing. I bet this guy felt like the groundhog and wanted to run back to shelter. So he’s 33 years old and his name is Daniel Thorson. Back in March, he checked into a silent Buddhist meditation retreat in the middle of nowhere in the state of Vermont. But he was there for 75 days! And during that time, he really, truly, was removed from the outside world. So he unplugged himself and literally took a break from the world. But after those 75 days he left, turned his phone back on and tweeted, “Did I miss anything?” Really.
IMAGINING THIS, I WISH I HAD A 75 DAY VERMONT RETREAT, TOO, WHO WOULDN’T?
So this is like suddenly learning what it feels like to remember our innocence before the events of the last several months. We come face to face with remembering “before,” now that we’re after and still in the middle of it all. But this poor guy had the luxury of blissful ignorance until he emerged from his 75 days of isolation. Poor guy? Well, maybe lucky, considering. So after he left the retreat he went to a local market and understood things were… strange. Thorson said, “I would turn a corner in the grocery store, and someone would be there, and they would recoil. At first, I was, like, ‘Whoa, what did I do?’” Welcome to the party, pal!
IN THE FIRST WEEK AFTER END OF RETREAT, POLICE MURDER GEORGE FLOYD
So obviously, Thorson found some major, stunning surprises back in the world. Can you say Coronavirus? But everything he used to keep track of has mostly disappeared under the huge shadow that is Coronavirus. His topics of concern were global warming, electoral politics and health care. Now, everything, everywhere, is all about Coronavirus. Well, and the political unrest following the murder of George Floyd, of course. Minnesota police murdered Floyd the first week Thorson was back! 75 days likely doesn’t seem like it was enough. And now I remember my innocence lost, too.