If the debt that all men pay is death. Then I say obsession is a sort of living death. The definition of obsession is very limited when you google it. What google failed to elaborate on is the toll a true obsession can take on you mind, body and soul.
Which brings me to the point of this blog today. Oak Island. If you haven’t heard of it then kudos to you. Because once you do I am warning you now, there is no going back. It is a small island off the cost of Nova Scotia that has spun tales of lost treasure that could be historical or mythical for over the past two hundred years.
Men have died trying to find lost treasure. Men have gone bankrupt trying to find lost treasure. Men have spent the entirety of their lives searching for lost treasure. With noone ever finding any real proof that any if not all of the many legends surrounding this island is true. I gotta ask, who would do such a thing?
These stories are so fantastical that you gotta wonder are they true? These stories run anywhere from lost pirate treasure, spanish gold hidden for safe keeping and even the lost ark of the covenant hidden by the Templar Knights. Even more current that a curse was placed on the island. It is said that seven men must die before the island will reveal its many secrets, and over the past two hundred plus years six have indeed lost their lives. Silly superstition or a real live curse?
Right now I am watching a show called The Curse of Oak Island. There are two brothers that have invested their time and money into once and for all discovering the secrets this island holds. You might say they are obsessed. I find it fascinating that fifty years ago the oldest brother at eleven years old read and article in Reader’s Digest about the island and what possible secrets she holds and with that five page article an obsession was born. All I can think is I want to be that writer. The writer that inspired not one but several men to give up everything even their own life if need be in pursuit of that ultimate prize.
I myself have become obsessed with this show. I am no longer watching a movie of made up treasure. I am watching these men devote everything they have to finding the truth. In my time our history. I have learned more about the past just by watching this show than I ever remembered in school. Yes, I want them to find this treasure, yes I want to watch as they uncover centuries worth of history and in doing so possibly change history forever.
I watch with bated breath as these guys risk it all to try to uncover a sliver of proof. That the wild myths of Oak Island are not just myths but actual fact. I am there with them silently as they dig to uncover not just treasure but a piece of history. I have to wonder what will they unearth. Is it the scrolls of one of the most brilliant men in the past or is it the so called mythical ark of the covenant so many have coveted and fought over?
I watched an episode last night a man speaks of possibly finding gold or even something of even more significance. Another guy said, what’s more important than gold?” Because of this show I realize there are two types of people in this world those that seek the almighty treasure and those that seek the truth about humanities past. I never thought of it but I know I fall into the latter category.
I have been on a quest of my own if you will, and thanks to this show alot more questions have come up that add to that ultimate question where do we come from? I am puzzled at the brothers go for broke mentality, but what if they can give us some long awaited answer to our past. Isn’t that worth more than gold? I say knowledge is priceless. If we know where we came from we can know where we are going and we can strive to not let history repeat itself.
We need information as much as the gold and I for one am impressed that these guys are taking that chance. I am there with them in spirit even if I can never get there in reality. I hope for them, me, all of us that they find what in our heart of hearts all of us are looking for. Answers. If you haven’t checked it out. It is on the history channel. Get the app now.