The Island: who we really are

This year Bear Grylls’, The Island, tapped into one of our favourite topics – class divide.

One group earn over £100,000 back home. The other group live on less than the average wage.

And in a hostile environment, Bear asks the all-important question: “Do wealth and privilege shape who we really are?”


We were served up stereotype after stereotype as the lower-paid group were flicking fingers and effing and blinding at their wealthy neighbours.

Meanwhile, the “stuck-up toffs” were unable to mingle with the “ill-educated”.

Inevitably, they had to split. Neither group considered the benefit of collaboration.

Channel 4 televised the trait that makes us oh-so human – pride.

War and Peace

Even once divided, the contestants had beef with their own group. Factions broke out.

When this happens, eventually you end up with each person for themselves – a dog-eat-dog world where we try to sit on the thrones we’ve built for ourselves.

Of course, by the end of The Island, there were scenes of reconciliation. “One’s background really makes no difference,” explained one contestant.

She’s right.

Inside all of us is a conflict – we want to live peacefully with others and, at the same time, rule over them.

Grylls’ Answer

As a Christian himself, Grylls’ can answer his own question. No – wealth and privilege don’t shape who we really are.

We’re divisive, self-absorbed sinners made in the image of a God who loves reconciliation (Genesis 1:27).

He loves it so much that he’s reconciled us, not only to himself, but to each other.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:15

In Christ, there’s neither art collectors or steel workers, doctors or unemployed (Galatians 3:28-29). He’s joined together what society pulls apart.