After Imperial Japan retreated from Guam at the end of WWII, a soldier left behind hid in the forest for 28 years thinking himself all the while in hostile territory and awaiting rescue.

What if all our problems are simply misconceptions? What if they are products of imagination rather than some knot in the universe’s fabric that you alone are expected to loosen for the world to continue? Indeed, countless insecurities send our minds and bodies reeling, confusing blips in experience for existential threat. And when faced with actual existential threat, are we really reacting to that or to fear of the unknown? Do any creatures but humans flinch at the edge of death? Perhaps problems are ghost, your body haunting itself. And if this is an inevitable part of being human, instead of flailing in anger or fear at bumps in the night, try befriending your specters.