Four benefits of 'loneliness'

Many people have a negative impression of 'loneliness' and it is generally considered that loneliness should be avoided. However, in history, many philosophers have regarded loneliness as the 'best', 'rehabilitating the soul, correcting morality, renewing affection, erasing wounds, removing flaws, removing God and man. Some

poets said, 'Reconcile.' Deakin University philosopher Matthew Sharp summarizes what the benefits of loneliness are.

Why philosophers say solitude can be helpful (even if you didn't choose it)

◆ 1: Freedom to do anything

When a person is lonely, they don't ask for anything, so they can do what they want, when they want. Loneliness often creates time to spare, so it's also important to pay attention to what you want and to think and imagine as much as you like.

◆ 2: You can reconnect with yourself

In our daily lives, people devote more energy to relationships, ongoing projects, and enthusiastic things than to themselves, but the connections with the outside world that require energy due to loneliness and the needs that arise from them. Will be removed. Those who love loneliness often emphasize that loneliness gives them time to face themselves, which they would not normally have. Face-to-face with yourself is not always pleasant, but regular evaluations of yourself can refresh your feelings.

As if to represent this, many cultures around the world have the ritual of leaving the group and spending a period of time alone. The suffering and painful loneliness experienced by the ritual serves as a 'trial', which is based on the idea that 'if you are not satisfied with yourself, you cannot make others happy.'

◆ 3: You can find the 'inner fortress' in yourself

Michel de Montaigne , a 16th-century philosopher, said from a man's point of view, 'We must have wives, children, property, and be healthy,' but happiness is 'to someone.' You have to build on yourself, not on it. ' Montaigne's 'self' is born from the complete freedom that accompanies loneliness, the 'inner fortress.' Marcus Aurelius describes the inner fortress as 'a hideaway in his soul,' and Sharp describes it as 'a rejuvenation.'

◆ 4: You can see the whole picture

In everyday life, people tend to look at what is in front of them and what is coming soon. By spending every day with only a short-term perspective, it is possible that the days will pass without you realizing it.

But loneliness gives people a way to remind them of the 'big picture of life.' Loneliness reminds us of what we overlook in our lives, what we wanted to do but left unattended, and what is great for our lives. thing.

Historical literature often shows that seekers can only know the truth in loneliness. John of the Cross said, 'A pure soul is not bothered by respect from others, is internally connected to God, is lonely in every sense, enjoys tranquility, and gains divine knowledge in that tranquility.' It was.

While many people experience loneliness in the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), it is natural that a product that relieves loneliness and creates connections between people will be born, but on the other hand, 'the loneliness has' It's also useful to look at the benefits, Sharp said.

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