Alan Watts On The Value Of Hermits

“People today think being a hermit is a very unhealthy thing to do. Very antisocial, doesn’t contribute anything to everybody else—because everybody else is busy contributing like blazes, and a few people have to run off and get out of the way.

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. That every little insect that comes buzzing around you is a messenger, and that little insect is connected with human beings everywhere else. You can hear. You become incredibly sensitive in your ears and you hear far-off sounds. And just by the very nature of isolating yourself and becoming quiet, you become intensely aware of your relationship with everything else that’s going on.”