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On Solitude and the Reserved ☇

Draft Publication Date: Apr 13, 2022
Author: Joshua Liu

1 The crowd despises its own thoughts! To punish it? Put them in in a corner [in the case of a child] ― lock them in a prison [for a matured]. The most brutal form of punishment is confronting themselves ― it is avoided at all cost ― so music must always be blaring in the background. It is completely and utterly terrified of those that walk alone; find people that do it "creepy and, like, really weird". It says "does he not have friends?" ― finds solitude incomprehensible.

2 Their intuition that those in solitude are a threat is ― of course ― correct: Solitude provides a detachment that often highlights issues not evident to those that are ‘in the thick of it’. New perspectives are often found abroad. If one is not connected to the people around him then he feels no obligation to be loyal to them.

3 The reserved ― as opposed to the explicit ― hold control. Their words carry weight and remain undiluted; remain sharp and can still strike. Those around them spend time trying to understand what they are up to as they can't see the cards ― react appropriately out of fear of being struck.

4 Do not stay in the clouds forever. Alone with your thoughts? Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. Months turn into years. After some amount of detachment you will lose touch permanently. Choose to stay true to us ― the earth ― and come down to tell of what you have discovered!

5 It goes without saying that harnessing silence is a superpower ― why do you think that we are told to pray?

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"The saint laughed at Zarathustra, and spoke thus: "Then see to it that they accept your treasures! They are distrustful of hermits, and do not believe that we come with gifts""
― Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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