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OfflineCrispyInfidel
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Solitude, simple lifestyle
    #3366537 - 11/15/04 11:27 PM (12 years, 23 days ago)

Have any of you spent significant portions(or all) of your life in solitude?


The most solitude I've experienced was living on a boat with my grandparents in SE Alaska for 7 months or so. However, I was too young to appreciate the solitude. Tell me about your experience if you've had one.

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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: CrispyInfidel]
    #3366625 - 11/15/04 11:42 PM (12 years, 23 days ago)

There is an inherant bias in the Western world against solitude, but I prefer it. Most of my day is spent alone, yet I am rarely lonely. I don't need constant interaction with others to define myself yet I do enjoy the company of others from time to time.


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: CrispyInfidel]
    #3366694 - 11/15/04 11:55 PM (12 years, 23 days ago)

Solitude is the proving grounds of the spirit.

I am a very solitary individual... I even enjoy eating at restuarants by myself. Yet alot of people, it seems, tend to project their own fears of loneliness or extroverted tendencies into what they view on me, causing them to 'feel sorry' for me, or come to the conclusion that I must be lonely. Far from it... Of course, I'll always be a pleasant and warm companion whenever the presence of another enters what I subjectively percieve to be the 'interaction-zone' of the Spacious-Now.

Talking and engaging in social interactions - at least when done to a certain point - usually stimulates the mind and ego. What does this say about Silence and Stillness? What does this stimulate? :wink:



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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3366800 - 11/16/04 12:13 AM (12 years, 23 days ago)

I've always been more of an "anti-social" person. Not in a bad way, though. I just like being alone more. I wish some day I could live out in the country by some mountains or something where it's very quiet.


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: DNKYD]
    #3367136 - 11/16/04 01:32 AM (12 years, 23 days ago)

I don't think I could live without solitude, it always helps me feel comfortable and clear my mind, but I feel alone alot of the time.


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3368328 - 11/16/04 12:32 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

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SkorpivoMusterion said:
Of course, I'll always be a pleasant and warm companion whenever the presence of another enters what I subjectively percieve to be the 'interaction-zone' of the Spacious-Now.




Which reminds me, you need to come and visit out here sometime. :thumbup:

THAT would be an interesting occurence, I look forward to it. :grin:

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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: fireworks_god]
    #3368398 - 11/16/04 12:51 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

Can I come too?  :shiftyeyes:  :grin:


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #3368415 - 11/16/04 12:55 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

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Can I come too?  :shiftyeyes:  :grin:




Indeed you can! We're getting a Norwegian Elkhound puppy on Thursday. :laugh:

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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: fireworks_god]
    #3369167 - 11/16/04 04:09 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

when is one not solitary?


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: deff]
    #3369868 - 11/16/04 06:36 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

I suppose it depends on the degree of interaction you have with others. At times I've felt completely alone even in the presence of a crowd of friends - happened to me recently at a concert, in fact. And in general terms, you will never have the degree of comprehension and understanding of other people that you automatically have of yourself.

But solitude is a matter of degree, I think; you are only as alone as you feel. The existence of empathy and the ability to communicate with others are two strong arguments against the existence of absolute solitude.


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: PopeHypocriteIII]
    #3369920 - 11/16/04 06:44 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

Well 'alone' is a percieved trait, so your right that it varies with one's perception of self.

I guess a better term would be isolation, not necessarily in a lonely way (loneliness is an attached trait to this), but just as in isolated from other bubbles of consciousness (assuming they - you - exist :wink:)

We like to feel that we share more than we really do, me thinks..


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: deff]
    #3370304 - 11/16/04 07:58 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

And I whole-heartedly agree. I think that most of what is confused for communication or comprehension is simply the projection of one's world-view on others. That is to say, we are very quick to categorise people (profession, gender, race... you name it) and to believe that we understand them, when in actuality we merely use what little we have observed of them to place them in convenient categories. So when I hear questions about people's personal preferences, I sometimes cannot help but hear "come hither, I want to see which of these boxes I made fits you best."


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: zorbman]
    #3370327 - 11/16/04 08:01 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

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zorbman said:
There is an inherant bias in the Western world against solitude, but I prefer it. Most of my day is spent alone, yet I am rarely lonely. I don't need constant interaction with others to define myself yet I do enjoy the company of others from time to time.




Same here man :smile:


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: CrispyInfidel]
    #3371073 - 11/16/04 10:06 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

I've never been in true solitude, but at one point in my life I craved 100% solitude for quite some time.


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: aje]
    #3371340 - 11/16/04 10:50 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

I was born in solitude and lived for the next 40 years in solitude. I expect I shall die in solitude. That is the human condition...we are all alone...alone together perhaps...but very alone. Societal bonds are an illusion born out of fear.


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #3371458 - 11/16/04 11:11 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

hue, you've had some really nice posts as of late :laugh:


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Re: Solitude, simple lifestyle [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #3371506 - 11/16/04 11:18 PM (12 years, 22 days ago)

So true,

I use to tell people, we came in alone and we are going out alone. Something about that does terrify people.

Or its like I ask people who think they are going to be saved, "who can save you from your own mind?" Like when you loose mental control while on a drug, who can get in their and save you from the trip?

We are alone in our minds in the ultimate sense.


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