For me, solitude has represented a precious value and a severe and impartial life teacher.
Loneliness (inserted in the proper perspective and certainly not in absolute value) is a condition that allows us to know, reach and preserve the most precious state that governs the spiritual, mental and physical health of the human being: equilibrium.
In music, the pause value is the same as the notes.
The result of this balance is harmony.
If you can make complete silence within yourself, you will have the surprise and joy of hearing the sound of your true, authentic voice.
When you accept the challenge that solitude demands, you are taking an invitation to the most intimate knowledge of yourself.
Accepting solitude means recognising that you are the fulcrum of your existence, the pillar that will never collapse, the safe shelter and the counsellor who makes no mistake and will never lie to you.
Never fear silence, don’t be scared.
The famous phrase in which solitude is defined as ‘blessed’ is Latin.
IN MEDIUM STAT VIRTUS ( VIRTUE LIES IN THE MIDDLE, IN THE BALANCE POINT )
However, one thing must be pointed out: the proper balance to which I refer is the condition of equilibrium between loneliness and everyday sociality.
In this case, also, a Latin proverb comes to clarify the issue. It reaffirms the art of living is knowing how to manage the balance of opposites.
For the Romans, the wise man is the one who lives ‘cum grano salis’, that is, always with intelligence.
BLAISE PASCAL AND JOHN DONNE, AKA THE OPPOSITES, TOUCH ONE ANOTHER
The philosopher Blaise Pascal and the poet John Donne describe the actions men can use to reach happiness with different words, so much so that they seem to have opposite perspectives.
But in reality, their points of view are nothing more than the face of the same coin:
- ‘ All of man’s misfortune comes from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room ‘ (Blaise Pascal)
- ‘ No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine… ‘(John Donne)
We are all here, in the same boat.
So don’t row against the current and be silent.
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