31 March, 2017
It was a somewhat lonely session with only three people able to make it. Discussion veered toward the difference between `loneliness’ and `solitude’.
Wendel Berry wrote ` In solitude one’s inner voices become audible [and] one responds more clearly to other lives. In loneliness one’s inner scream becomes deafening, deadening, severing any thread of connection to other lives.’
Solitude, I feel, is a state defined by the physical body whereas loneliness is a state of mind. We struggled with what might be the Marathi equivalents. Unmesh, our guest attendee, came up with `Ekathe’ for lonely and `Ekaant’ for solitude – which seem quite perfect!
The shares in this session were:
- An Un-necessary Woman, a novel by Rabih Alameddine
- Acquainted with the Night, a poem by Robert Frost
- They’re made out of meat, a science fiction story by Terry Bisson