Carla Burke wrote:Living alone and being alone are not the same. Living alone, I could do. In fact, if anything ever takes John from me (we're bikers - that is high risk, and has a lot of heart troubles), I'll probably be alone, for the rest of my life. Being alone - like a hermit, never seeing people - I could probably go a month at a time, maybe longer.
Catie George wrote:
Rob - your 8 hr video chat sounds like my personal version of hell, I have a daily 1 hr conference call, and I would like to murder the person who originally suggested it. I definitely suspect there are some folks who need more contact, and yeah, the craving for physical touch is an interesting consideration. I've alone for years, far from family, and a colleague accidentally brushing bY or tapping a shoulder after weeks without contact was jolting. And yes, no internet in this imaginary cabin :)
A thousand poets sing of solitude-“let me live, unseen, unknown,” yearned Alexander Pope- but far more people people curse it. The difference between bliss and distress generally seems to be whether solitude is chosen or involuntary. Forced isolation is one of the oldest punishments. Banishment was widely used during the Roman Empire (the poet Ovid was exiled from Rome in A. D. 8, possibly for writing obscene verse), and for centuries a severed penalty on the high seas was marooning, in which the offending sailor was deposited on an uninhabited island, sometimes with a Bible and a bottle of rum. Most such men were never heard from again. Even now, when a Jehovahs Witness is disfellowshipped for breaking church doctrine, every single member of the religion is forbidden from speaking to the sinner.
John F Dean wrote:I have done remote solo hiking in Maine, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Grand Canyon, and the Canyonlands of Utah. In the last one, I remember, after being out over a week , and spotting a couple of hikers from a distance.... I actually altered my path so I would not have to speak to them. For me, there is a special solitude in desert hiking.
Jordan Holland wrote:I think I could probably be alone until the day I die. I've never had a longing to be around people. Person, yes, but not people. With a dog, I could definitely be alone as long as the dog lived. The sadness of losing the dog one day might change that. At least long enough to find a new dog. Dogs contain all the good traits of humanity and none of the bad. I do not like what I have seen of humanity. In the end, people will betray you, leave you, or hurt you enough that you have to leave them. A dog, never.