“Isolation is a way to know ourselves.”Franz Kafka
The Coronavirus outbreak of 2020 has driven society into isolation. Schools are closed. Businesses are shut down. Our social lives have stopped functioning. And we’re at home with much more alone time. Isolation can breed some sadness and despair but also offers a chance for us to reflect and evaluate our lives in a positive and meaningful way.
Bohemian novelist Franz Kafka is claiming that being alone is an opportunity to discover who we really are. Isolation gives us the gift of self-knowledge.
Our identity is wrapped up with other people. Isolation prevents us from understanding who we are and makes us feel lost and abandoned.
Is social distancing healthy for us?