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Loneliness and Solitude

February 7, 2013

While they share the condition of existence of being alone, no two states could be more different. They are the Janus face of being an N of one.

Loneliness is a state of lack; a missing, an unfulfilled place of fear (even of death, and the idea that we “die alone”). It’s a feeling of utter despair.

Solitude, however, is something wholly different. It’s a state of fullness. Of being complete, at peace and in harmony. While not overtly connected to others in solitude, one is nonetheless connected — at one with nature, space, time and the universe.

And, interestingly, the choice is yours. You can change from one state to another in a heartbeat. It’s as easy as flipping a switch.


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