ALONE AT LAST
For the letter
I’m going to talk about Solitude
Maybe because most of the gregarious masses can’t handle it and I can, I like to think of myself as possessing greater moral and mental strength. Of course, that may be because just about everybody wants to be the hero of his own life’s story, even as I bashfully, humbly, insist that I would willingly be second banana, a supporting player – perhaps the third spear carrier on the left.
Most people, especially in the civilized areas of the planet, can’t handle solitude – are frightened by it. Lenin once said that, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” He wasn’t referring to ‘God, and Jesus as Savior,’ he was talking about the sheep who huddled together in churches, to reassure each other that they were all the same. If everybody thinks the same, somebody isn’t thinking. He wanted them all thinking about him, and the new Russian nation.
When Jesse, The Body, Ventura was Governor of Minnesota, he cynically (but accurately, truthfully) stated that, “Christianity is a crutch.” Of course it is, even if the faithful don’t want to hear that. Like Lenin, he wasn’t talking about salvation or belief, but about the need of most people to be connected to ‘The Group.’ No independent action or thoughts allowed.
Archon says that smart phones are an affliction and an addiction. I’ve listened to some of the conversations in stores, and on the street – and they’re about less than nothing! How strong, and pitiful, the urge is to be constantly connected. It seems that nobody but me – and you – are capable of living inside their own head for any amount of time.
Before the alleged birth of Christ, Jewish men were alone much of the time – farming, hunting, herding sheep – in solitude. When they went to the Temple, they wanted to be alone with their God. It is small wonder that the women, used to nattering at children, and each other, were told that, “Women should not speak in the Temple.” Silence! Blessed silence! 🙂
Recently, a young man on a cave tour, was accidently locked in for 60 hours – from Friday afternoon, to Monday morning. He had a bit of food, and got water from seepage – but he couldn’t get any cell phone reception! He was SO happy to be back among his friends. I’ll bet he didn’t develop or invent anything during that time. Albert Einstein came up with the Theory of Relativity because he was alone much of the time in a German patent office.
(Some) people are nice. I just don’t want to be hip-deep in them all the time. I want/need a little alone time, even if all I develop is a desire for French toast for lunch. I have fallen out of my mind head and onto this blog-post. You can welcome me back. Comment away. 😀