Link:  Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years

“Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.”  Sir Edward Gibbon

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“Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.”  ~Sir Edward Gibbon


Knight said that he couldn’t accurately describe what it felt like to spend such an immense period of time alone. Silence does not translate into words. “It’s complicated,” he said. “Solitude bestows an increase in something valuable. I can’t dismiss that idea. Solitude increased my perception. But here’s the tricky thing: when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. There was no audience, no one to perform for. There was no need to define myself. I became irrelevant.

”The dividing line between himself and the forest, Knight said, seemed to dissolve. His isolation felt more like a communion. “My desires dropped away. I didn’t long for anything. I didn’t even have a name. To put it romantically, I was completely free.”

Source: The Guardian

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