Space to feel unbound

Isolation invites insight. By a twist of fate, we are isolated in our normal circumstances. Does that count?

Today we’re going out. It’s been over a month and I feel excited. We’re visiting family at their summer house. I sit in the car and enjoy seeing how Spring has transformed the landscape. A palette of bright greens and the yellows of flowering rapeseed. A sign telling us to stay home. Not today. 

I look forward to a stack of papers and books on the back seat. New environments can stir up new ideas. Martin Heidegger believed that we need to withdraw ourselves from our normal circumstances to gain useful insights. Isolation invites thought, space to feel unbound. 

By a twist of fate, we are isolated in our normal circumstances. Does that count? I don’t know. All I know is that I feel excited to do the same thing somewhere else. Read, write, think and watch plants and animals carry on with their normal life.

April 22, 2020 Add Comment

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