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  • eduardathome
    Sometimes solitude is a rest period. After spending 8 hours or so on the phone and talking directly with people throughout the day, it s nice to get away and
    Message 1 of 13 , Apr 14, 2013
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      Sometimes solitude is a rest period. After spending 8 hours or so on the
      phone and talking directly with people throughout the day, it's nice to get
      away and alone with my pussycat.
      eduard

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Jim
      Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2013 5:31 AM
      To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [existlist] Re: Books

      Mary, Doug,

      I agree that Sartre's hell and Nietzsche's eternal recurrence are both
      one-sided extremes which don't capture enough of the components of human
      existence, and are not really suitable for ordinary people like us who are a
      mixture of good and bad, with good days and bad days.

      I find that solitariness and living-with-others are both aspects of the good
      life for me: each complements the other. After a period of solitariness, I
      can appreciate the company of my friends and family all the more, and after
      a period of living with others I can appreciate the stillness and silence of
      being on my own again.

      Even existentialists like Kierkegaard and Nietzsche who wrote positively
      about the solitary existence had close friends who they met and wrote to
      throughout their lives.

      One advantage I find in favour of solitariness is that it gives me the space
      and environment to think. I find thinking more difficult when I am in the
      middle of the hustle and bustle of community life.

      On the other hand, my thoughts benefit from the criticism of others, so even
      progress with thinking requires interaction with others.

      Jim




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