"Solitude is a condition of peace that stands indirect opposition to loneliness. Loneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you. It is a condition of separateness. Solitude is becoming one with the space around you. It is a condition of union."
"What if loneliness is like hunger, an evolved trait that provides a clear evolutionary advantage for those who experience it. Without the capacity for painful loneliness many would simply flee from the difficulties of civil society. Yet I would bet that many varieties of sociopaths and psychopaths have no capacity for real loneliness, just as they have not real capacity for empathy. Hume seems very informative here. There is no experience of a "self." Kant attempts resolve this with his "transcendental unity of apperception." Self is not an independent entity; so when human relationships falter and loneliness sets in so to does an erosion of self begin."
"Loneliness is like a prison with no walls
A prison of the mind
Everything around seems so important "
"Loneliness is like sitting on a hill and looking into the distance, but not actually seeing much of the view... because a mist blurs the shapes on the horizon. Loneliness is such a powerful, primary feeling, and so at odds with our sense of emotional well-being, that it distorts all around it, making us unobservant and blind to those sources of support and comfort that actually lie close at hand. "
"Although it may sound counterintuitive, loneliness can spread from one person to another, according to research being released Tuesday that underscores the power of one person's emotions to affect friends, family and neighbors."
"Loneliness is like hunger. All of us have a healthy hunger that draws us to a meal. Ministers may study for a sermon for five or six hours, then they desire to fellowship with family or friends. This is normal. It signals that we need human contact."
"My loneliness is like a comfortable old friend who seeps beneath my pores, pouring in as if thru an open window."
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