Feb 16, 2014 · 6:00 PM
Valentine's Day is always a bit fraught for me. In a time of the year when intimate relationships are celebrated and being alone is frowned upon, I can't help but be torn over whether I am happier being alone, or unhappier being lonely. (read this for more insight)
How do you delineate the differences between being alone and being lonely? Is there some noble veneer to being a loner, but does it deny your desire for companionship? Does that mean having a warm body at your side, or can a computer sufficiently act the part (as in the movie "Her" or, to comic effect in "Sleeper")? And what are the implications of society's attitude toward being alone? Consider things like the hermit, solitary confinement, sensory deprivation tanks, disaffected youth, etc.
I suspect we represent all states of solitude, and it would be fascinating to explore them in a discussion over some IHOP food at our favorite hangout. I, for one, don't expect to have any plans for this Valentine's weekend, so join me for a much-needed round of Deep Thinking.
Hope to see you there!