It is perhaps appropriate that small islands should offer lessons to the world. Is it not to such apparently self-contained enclaves that many a weary mainlander has turned over the years for inspiration, fresh starts and remedies to various problems? Are not islands, with their firm sense of boundary and distinctness, instructive laboratories for experience of one sort or another? Moreover, islands can hold out mystery, freedom and opportunity for the adventurer in real life, just as they serve as powerful imaginative devices for utopias and satire, as learned from Gulliver’s Travels (Swift, 1965). So, perhaps on reflection, it may not be so far-fetched to think that the world might learn important lessons from the small and remote cold-water islands of the North Atlantic.
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