So one philosopher tells that and it's all true? This is an invalid argument. I don't agree to most of the people so this one is not going to change what I think is right and wrong, and what I think is human or not.
Abraham Maslow was a humanist psychologist, not a philosopher. I think you'll find that his theories of human motivation and needs are accepted by most mainstream psychologists. It is a fact of theory that humans need to feel belonged, need love, intimacy and human contact. But everyone is entitled to their opinion and I'm not going to argue with that.
In Hinduism, which is my ancient background though I am an atheist, true salvation (happiness) can only be achieved through hermitage. There are lots of Sadhus and Babas who are true hermits, dont wear anything and eat off the forests. They're said to be the happiest of human beings.
And you think living off the forest and in caves is a good lifestyle? I'm not the one to judge whether they are happy or not; I know I wouldn't enjoy it. Also even Sadhus and Babas must have someone to talk to from time to time.
Gautam Buddha lived the life of a hermit for years in the Buddhism religion.
These are evidences if you are religious.
Now, it's difficult to find a true hermit because if he/she is true it's pretty difficult to spot them, know that they are true hermits and find out if he/she is happy or not. The principle is isolation so they would have nothing to get by telling other people that they are hermits/happy.
Still there are people who are trying and successful in the hermit life and the more they're alone the happier they are. You can visit here
for more information and I think you should read some insightful posts before judging people different that you. It would be stupid to say all those people are unhappy/ignorant, while it might be you who is unhappy/ignorant after all.
I see the forum, but I'm just stating this from my point of view. It may be right or wrong. I suppose short periods of isolation is fine, but not years and years of it.
Also if you follow hikikomoris and their story around the internet and forums, they're perfectly happy with their life and do what they wanna do and spend their time exactly how they want. Lot of them aren't even socially anxious. I think most of them have their parents to talk to. I myself was what you might term a hikikomori for 6x6 months and felt great to begin with. Finally peace and quiet from society. Today I just feel lonely and isolated. Perhaps this is different from person to person. Perhaps there are people who truly do enjoy being isolated for years, even decades at a time.
Yes, it might be harmful for the productivity of the society but productivity mostly does is destroy nature beyond its sustainability level so the hermit doesn't have anything to give and doesn't care much of the society. Is this why you have such a negative attitude of people? If everyone isolates themselves society goes bankrupt.
What sounds really inhuman to you might be the most laid back as in lazy?
and happy people in the world, and it's their decision, like you made yours to call people beyond your understanding animals and inhuman. You have no superior reasoning whatsoever to prove that it's any more or less human the way they live. And happiness is not an entity a human being can entitle to another type of human beings based on his/her opinions. You are right, I can only base my opinion on my own negative personal experiences with isolation and what I read about it on the Internet, in books etc. The impression I get is that prolonged isolation is destructive to human health.
True hermitage doesn't mean you are doomed or lose your 'virginity' if you happen to run across another human being. It's about the satisfaction and happiness one finds while in the company of nobody else and lives through self sustaining means and truly sub merges his life with the nature as it is. I myself aim for that. I don't care if I happen to phone somebody I care about once in a while, i am not doomed. I don't even worry whether I'll be totally successful. But I choose not to. And I won't listen to anything people say that doesn't convince me that hermitage is wrong, unlike this:
So if you are mentally instable you are not human? I think you'll agree that mental instability and psychological harm is detrimental to human health, right? Thus I consider prolonged isolation inhuman. By inhuman I mean detrimental to human health.
That is the dumbest thing I've heard in months. And what makes you think I am psychologically stable at the first place? I am already instable thus inhuman, why do I care? Why not as well do what you enjoy? solitude. But I am talking about isolation.
Which means, you are wrong, and you are wrong in my sense. This is your opinion and I respect you for it. But I don't agree.
I might not ever be able to convince you so, but there is no reason to do so. Because your conscience is yours and it takes a lot to affect a closed one for which I neither have the time nor resources.
I don't think you read my last post properly, read it again, you'll figure out why exactly your
advice is what I don't need.
Nothing personal as always. I know