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(From the April/May Zephyr) SOLITUDE LOST…OR UNWANTED? Part 2…by Jim Stiles


Until recently, solitude was a cherished and valuable component in our lives that often proved to be more elusive than we wanted it to be.  In the fast-paced, frenetic world that most of us endure, the idea of escaping the madness, even the faint hope that we could get away and claim a few moments of peace and quiet for ourselves, was comforting. We wanted to ‘disconnect,’ even if it was for just a few days. As we’ve noted before,  the opportunity for ‘solitude’ was even written into the Wilderness Act. It was a crucial component of the legislation.

But do most of us still seek that? Do we want to ‘disconnect?’ Would we really want to, “walk forever, just to find a telephone?”  Maybe not…


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