This Man Lived Alone In The Wild For 27 Years. Now He’s Revealed The Stunning Truth About His Ordeal

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“It’s complicated,” the hermit told Finkel. “Solitude bestows an increase in something valuable. I can’t dismiss that idea. Solitude increased my perception. But… when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. There was no audience, no one to perform for. There was no need to define myself. I became irrelevant.”

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“My desires dropped away,” he continued. “I didn’t long for anything. I didn’t even have a name. To put it romantically, I was completely free.” However, his liberty was not what it seemed. In his case, freedom from the restraints of self, society and others had come at a cost. And it meant that the hermit, paradoxically, was never truly free…

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The hermit had in fact decided to withdraw from society in 1986. According to Robert Milliken – a neighbor who lived near his childhood home in Albion, Maine – his family had just assumed that he had run away to New York City. They never filed a missing person’s report. They never involved the police.

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