By Jocelyn CHU (Overseas Correspondent at the University of Kent)
“This is a world with growing embrace of loneliness, yet the rapidly developed communication technology is still way behind taking care of the immense and empty feeling of solitude inside us.”
– Jiang Xun
Solitude stems from the inner isolation that everyone feels to a certain degree. As an individual, “being alone” physically or mentally is just a normal state of life. However, there is an increasing trend for people to focus on relationship networks while neglecting the introspection and self-richness that loneliness or solitude can provide. In Six Lectures on Solitude, Jiang Xun suggests that solitude or loneliness is not just about disconnection or alienation which poses negative effects on people. It is an art that cultivate and enrich people’s minds and where the most glorious solitude might be bred. In his book, Jiang Xun introduces six aspects of solitude, which are solitude in love, solitude in language, solitude in revolution, solitude in violence, solitude in thoughts, and solitude in morality.
In Jiang Xun’s view, solitude is where we can perceive the glory of “being alone” and make the best of it. There is reason to believe that behind every moment of solitude, there is truth, beauty and soul.
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