Loneliness is much feared today. We join clubs and go to parties. We carry on frenzied online message exchanges. We sign up en masse for vacations to the same destinations, where we stand in long lines to see the same things as everyone else. When we return home, we turn on the television and watch the same programs. We huddle together in big cities. We synchronize our watches.

But it's possible to be different. One can seek solitude, not race to escape it. One can read and think. One can draw, or write code, or just listen to the sounds of the world. One can look at the stars, make music, or do a thousand other things --- slowly, quietly, by oneself.

And being alone isn't so scary any more.

Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 22:23:16 (EDT) = Datetag19990728


(correlates: OnFailure, ClingingToBeliefInArt, KnowHowAndFearNot, ...)