I recently wrote about Kahlil Gibran and solitude. While many sages and seers have claimed there is something preferable in the solitary life, I’m skeptical of overemphasizing the need for it. We are social beings and there is much evidence that loneliness is a major problem in the modern world.
Still, there has been a lot written lately about the benefits of the solitary life, or at least one with sufficient solitary time. (Note though that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the barbaric torture of solitary confinement.) Here are a few recent short articles on the topic:
“The pursuit of loneliness: how I chose a life of solitude” (The Guardian)
“The Virtues of Isolation“(The Atlantic)
“Embracing a Life of Solitude“(The New York Times)
“The Paradox of Dying Lonely and Living in Solitude” (HuffPost)
I am not endorsing any conclusions in these articles, simply referring them to those who might be interested.