📑 The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

Bookmarked The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months (the Guardian)

When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently to William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman recounts the story of a group of Tongan boys who were stranded on a desert island in the 1960’s and how they learnt to survive.

It’s time we told a different kind of story. The real Lord of the Flies is a tale of friendship and loyalty; one that illustrates how much stronger we are if we can lean on each other. After my wife took Peter’s picture, he turned to a cabinet and rummaged around for a bit, then drew out a heavy stack of papers that he laid in my hands. His memoirs, he explained, written for his children and grandchildren. I looked down at the first page. “Life has taught me a great deal,” it began, “including the lesson that you should always look for what is good and positive in people.”

Jason Kottke provides some further commentary on this article, especially in regards to the Tongan perspective.

 

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