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Easter Island

It’s one of the most remote landmasses on the planet, under one hundred people live there, it’s pretty much uninhabitable, and yet it’s one of the most well-known places in the world.

Why is it so well-known? Because the previous inhabitants built hundreds of these crazy monuments called Moai in honor of their deified chiefs and ancestors:


Cable TV might have you believe that these monoliths were created via alien intervention or by other mysterious means, but really, it probably wasn’t too difficult for those crafty Rapanuis to figure out how to fulcrum a slab of rock into a hole. So then people ask, “But why? Why all that effort?”

But why? Why not? We make crazy shit all the time, and for less reason than they had:

Why? Fuck you, that's why!

The collapse of the great society that at one time thrived on Easter Island isn’t as awesome. It’s mostly one of those cautionary tales involving over-exploitation of the land leading to the collapse of society leading to tribal infighting, cannibalism, and eventual extinction. But nobody really cares about all the stuff. They just care about those big face statues.

And that’s why Easter Island is so awesome: it’s a reminder that we don’t need to live forever. We just need to make sure that whatever we leave behind makes us unforgettable. And hopefully we’ll be able to avoid the cannibalism along the way. Or at the very least, we can be a cautionary tale for the next civilization.

Easter Island is effing awesome.


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