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  1. Mar 2020
  2. Jan 2020
    1. Become a bright, flat surface. Cast no shadow.
    2. ferreting-out of secrets is merely one purpose of surveillance; it also disciplines, inhibits, robbing interactions of spontaneity and turning them into self-conscious performances
    1. we don’t actually do anything; we only arrange what will be done, which is a flimsy basis for a life.
    2. At some point, life’s defining struggle becomes the tyranny of tiny chores and petty decisions.
    1. rich self-experience in a solitary state is far less likely to feel lonely when alone.”
    2. “the value of solitude depends on whether an individual can find an interior solitude” within themselves, says Bowker. Everyone is different in that regard: “Some people can go for a walk or listen to music and feel that they are deeply in touch with themselves. Others cannot.”
    3. Productive solitude requires internal exploration, a kind of labor which can be uncomfortable, even excruciating. “It might take a little bit of work before it turns into a pleasant experience. But once it does it becomes maybe the most important relationship anybody ever has, the relationship you have with yourself.”