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isolation vs. aloneness
12/23/2004 11:17:19 AM

alienation -- one of the Great Themes -- and my random thoughts on it today
I would say that a major theme in my earnest creative work is that of isolation -- but more than that, isolation vs. aloneness. Alienation is a major theme of the past hundred years of human experience. What I want to know is, can alienation ever be adapted to with any lasting success? In other words, can a mentally healthy individual cheerfully sustain a prolonged state of alienation, without succumbing to bitterness, rancor, or self-destructiveness?

If we rewrite the famous maxim to read, "Every Man is an Island Sometimes," aren't we more likely to embrace success and happiness on whatever terms they display themselves, regardless of whether one feels an overarching, tangible bond with the rest of humanity?



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More Blogs by Bill Brent
• 3000 word day - Tuesday, February 06, 2007
• NEW BLOG AT http://billbrent.livejournal.com - Sunday, December 17, 2006
• DINNER AT DACHAU - Saturday, July 01, 2006
• A BOGGLED BIRD - Monday, June 19, 2006
• ALOHA FROM THE BIG ISLAND - Monday, June 12, 2006
• BOOK REVIEW -- Not Buying It: My Year WIthout Shopping, by Judith Levine - Monday, April 17, 2006
• BOOK REVIEW -- The Brief History of the Dead, by Kevin Brockmeier - Friday, March 17, 2006
• THE BEATLES (a mini book review), AND RECOVERY FROM THE UBIQUITOUS - Tuesday, February 14, 2006
• THE PLANE HAS LANDED - Wednesday, January 18, 2006
• UNCOMPLICATE MY LIFE - Sunday, November 13, 2005
• PATIENCE - Thursday, November 03, 2005
• THE WEEKEND SHIFT - Saturday, October 29, 2005
• WHEN DOES MY PLANE LEAVE? - Monday, October 24, 2005
• Are W. and Cindy a match? - Thursday, September 29, 2005
• What do morality and intelligence have to do with the Religious Right? - Tuesday, September 13, 2005
• America is at war -- civil war. - Wednesday, September 07, 2005
• Kanye West is my new hero - Friday, September 02, 2005
• performing my songs in public - Monday, August 29, 2005
• BOOK REVIEW -- The Tragedy of Today's Gays, by Larry Kramer - Thursday, August 18, 2005
• EXISTENTIAL QUERY - Monday, August 15, 2005
• BOOK REVIEW -- Piano Girl, a memoir, by Robin Meloy Goldsby - Friday, August 12, 2005
• BOOK REVIEW - When I Knew (Robert Trachetenberg, ed.) - Friday, July 29, 2005
• Creative Achievement - Saturday, July 09, 2005
• hypomania and insomnia - Saturday, June 11, 2005
• book reviews in brief - Thursday, June 09, 2005
• atrocious (ab)use of language - Tuesday, January 11, 2005
• on accepting one's limitations - Wednesday, January 05, 2005
• End Of The Year Summary - Thursday, December 30, 2004
• The D.I.M. Approach to Life - Monday, December 27, 2004
•  isolation vs. aloneness - Thursday, December 23, 2004  

• on the nature of a drug habit - Thursday, December 23, 2004


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