On Solitude

What happens to the human spirit in silence? What happens to identity and personality when talking ceases, when you venture out into the enormous emptiness of aloneness?

In today’s society we depend so much on connectivity; on always being busy, doing something, with somebody. Over time we have become culturally conditioned to fear aloneness. We confuse solitude with seclusion, aloneness with loneliness. We forget that only by exploring the contours of our inner reality – that frightening and often forgotten landscape that resides within ourselves – can we relearn the richness of our minds, discover the depths of our character and become aware of the fullness of our own presence rather than the absence of others.

Being truly alone is travelling a terrific distance while hardly moving. It is both stillness and growth. Solitude is an achievement.

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