About being alone as a source of power and inspiration
In today’s society, where privacy in the face of digital networking and the associated limitlessness in the staging of one’s own life is hard of importance, many people associate the loneliness with loneliness, an anti-social character, the existence of outsiders. People who profess to be quite alone, polarize and are often misunderstood.
However, as the experiences of many great thinkers, artists and visionary personalities show, being alone is by no means synonymous with loneliness, but an effective measure to exploit one’s own potential. The occasional voluntary withdrawal from social life is an important source of strength, reflection, and creativity. Occasional aloneness is a return to oneself, to be able to leave the fellow human being and all the tasks of everyday life calm, self-confident and with new ideas.
Alone or lonely?
Most people falsely equate the concept of being alone with that of loneliness. Basically, both words denote a state of mind or situation characterized by separation from fellow human beings. Nevertheless, there is a big difference between these two states. People who are lonely suffer. They long for the company of others, which is denied them for various reasons. You have to be alone, and that is precisely the cause of your suffering. Because they miss the presence of their fellow human beings – whether real or perceived – they feel lost, sad, cut off from the world – simply, they feel emotional pain, which can manifest themselves in different forms.
By contrast, people who want to be alone are far away from such negative feelings. You do not have to, they want to be alone. Alone, they see a valuable opportunity for self-discovery and the ability to protect themselves from unpleasant or overwhelming stimuli of any kind to come to rest and to gather new strength for the tasks of life. The differences between loneliness and loneliness can be found on many levels. In addition to the emotional effects associated with them, there are also philosophical reflections in the comparison between these two terms, which are due to two fundamentally different states of mind. In this context, it is above all the two aspects of dependency and independence that confront each other here.
Anyone who feels lonely makes his happiness and his mental and physical health in each life situation fundamentally dependent on others. Emotions, self-esteem, one’s own identity are always determined by whether in what form and for how long fellow human beings are present or not. On the other hand, those who choose to be alone voluntarily and with complete conviction in different phases of their lives deliberately withdraw to a state of the greatest possible emotional and social independence and independence. Such people have realized that loneliness can be used constructively to turn to one’s own self and to lead an inner monologue. The associated encounter with the inner voice can find expression in different forms. Alone paves the way to face the challenges of life in an individual and totally unadulterated way.
Through these aspects, the influence of both states on human existence can be defined simply: Loneliness has no creative potential due to its constant orientation to the other. Being alone, on the other hand, is the source of all reflections and ideas that make a person, his aura and his identity unmistakable.
Feel the peace of the world to love the world
Alone in antiquity, being alone was regarded as a place of longing and was for many philosophers and scholars the most important source of their intellectuality. Even in today’s times of hectic and superficial encounters, those who consciously cultivate aloneness associate this chosen state of loneliness with an idealized, almost luxurious feeling of life. In work and family life moments of rest and retreat are usually rare. Anyone who occasionally leaves his fellow man to be with himself experiences a full intellectual and emotional recovery. Aloneness is a state that allows all stimuli that daily affect the mind and overwhelm it to shield it for some time.
A person can not reach this state by retiring to a room at home and closing the door. Being alone is of creative quality only when there are no partners, family members, friends or colleagues in the next room or in the vicinity. It should be about being alone in the form of a temporally limited spatial separation. This state is associated with the possibility of being able to deal only with oneself, to be responsible and not responsive to anyone, to do whatever it is worth. In such moments, a person can gradually learn to define happiness on its own instead of transferring it to others.
The step to claiming space for oneself alone can be an important step in defining new thoughts and perspectives in times of great change, in life crises or in disease phases. At the same time, deadlocked problematic thought patterns, which are causally involved in the emergence of the problems, can be resolved. This explains why people who retire at regular intervals are much less likely to suffer from physical and mental disabilities than those who are constantly in the presence of others.
Creativity through being alone
Innumerable great artists, philosophers, and scientists have written about it and talked about the extent to which a deliberately brought about solitude has stimulated their imagination. Not only Pablo Picasso, Karl Lagerfeld or Franz Kafka counted their exceptional work above all as a success of their being alone. Much of the artist’s inspiration comes from interacting with others and attentively observing their social environment. By retreating into an empty space, into the silence, all these impressions can be revised in peace and individually interpreted. The potential of withdrawal in this context is that without the influence of others, the artist can formulate his authentic, independent and independent thoughts into a theme or image of his memory.
Being alone is one of the secrets of creativity for many artists. A retreat allows daydreaming without being ridiculed or even judged, and artists must be daydreamers to develop their ideas. Wandering thoughts in a sheltered and isolated environment are “creative incubation,” as psychologist Rebecca Mcmillan puts it in her work “Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming.” A spatial separation from fellow human beings also exerts a positive influence on a self-determined life rhythm, which is an important prerequisite for artistic creation. Alone, creative people can forget about time and formulate a thought to the end. They can take advantage of the exact time of day they work effectively – without disturbing their fellow human beings and thereby affecting their family life.
The inner balance of social life and self-time
No matter if you are a great artist or a human being looking for an intimate ego relationship – spending too much time alone can affect both mental and physical health as well as a life in which there is not a single minute for quiet moments with your own self. As with everything, it also applies to the deliberately chosen loneliness: it depends on the right dose. People who strike a balance between privacy, occupation and phases of aloneness face each challenge with self-confidence, innovative ideas and a strong understanding of the needs of their fellow human beings. They can recharge their energy stores in quiet moments and leave everyday life behind – to be able to accept it again in all its facets and appreciate it sincerely.