Sunday, May 15, 2005
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Solitude vs Loneliness

Solitude (also seclusion, isolation) means lack of contact with other people.
Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed.
Long-term solitude is often seen as undesirable, causing loneliness, resulting from inability to establish relationships. However, for some people solitude is not depressing. Still others (e.g. monks) regard long-term solitude as a means of spiritual enlightenment.

Loneliness is a state of feeling cut off from and longing for others, due to lack of contact (physically, emotionally, etc.) with people (whether acquaintances, friends, or loved ones). Loneliness is not to be confused with solitude (where a person may appreciate the time to think and reflect without distraction.)
Loneliness, perhaps ironically, occurs frequently in heavily-populated cities (such as New York). Loneliness can also occur in marriages, or similar physical-closeness relationships, where there has been anger/resentment or lack of "loving" communication.
Many find some "relief" from loneliness by contacting others via the Internet. However, many argue that online relationships are no substitute for "in-person" relationships, and that a person's true identity cannot be determined on the internet.
It is said that loneliness is the only disease that can be cured by adding two or more cases together.

magna civitas magna solitudo;
"never less alone than when alone" [Rogers]


Blogger carrie said...

true. that's a good article.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Interesting distinction. Like your blog!

5:56 PM  
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