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The Solace and Torment in Solitude

September 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm BST

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Interintellect Anwar AlKandari will lead an intimate discussion on solitude – how it affects our thinking process, mental state, and relationship with others. 

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”

“Although I am a typical loner in my daily life, my awareness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has prevented me from feelings of isolation.”

Albert Einstein

Solitude is an intentional space which we build for ourselves in order to think, learn, heal, or escape a demanding world. Not exclusively to introverts, but to all mankind, solitude can be a treat for the mind – or a need: “To be alone is a natural need, just like drinking and eating; otherwise, with this communism forced on him, man comes to hate mankind” (from Selected Letters of Fyodor Dostoievski). 

In this salon, we will explore:

  • Different states of mind and emotions which come along with solitude.
  • Unintentional solitude and loneliness.
  • Important non-human companions in our solitude and their roles.
  • Building, and enhancing, solitary places for creativity.

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September 28, 2021
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm BST
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Anwar AlKandari