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An Ode to Solitude

 

An Ode to Solitude

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In an increasingly populated and connected world, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find solitude. Not only that, the desire for solitude is increasingly seen as odd, and sometimes even threatening. But do we need solitude? Or are our busier environments more enriching than time alone ever could be? When was the last time you spent an enjoyable time alone in nature? Today many of us just don’t know how to cope with being alone, mistaking it for being lonely. Solitude seekers like solo sailor Henk de Velde, poet John Burnside, and writer Sara Maitland - who lives alone on a Scottish moor - reflect on the important differences between solitude and loneliness.

Produced for ABC Radio National's feature documentary program Earshot.