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Brain Pickings - How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time


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Being alone does not mean being lonely.

If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds — even Emerson, perhaps the most eloquent champion of friendship in the English language, lived a significant portion of his life in active solitude, the very state that enabled him to produce his enduring essays and journals. And yet that choice is one our culture treats with equal parts apprehension and contempt, particularly in our age of fetishistic connectivity. Hemingway’s famous assertion that solitude is essential for creative work is perhaps so oft-cited precisely because it is so radical and unnerving in its proposition.

Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen:

Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen Imgur

that illustration is perfect.  i'm pinning it! :)

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