Wouldn’t living alone be incredibly lonely? We are meant to be social creatures?
I’d agree. There is no getting rid of the self. But, I believe that the self has to be manged to fit with all of the other selfs we share the planet with.
Frankl said in Man’s Search for Meaning that the Statue of Liberty on the East coast should be flanked by a Statue of Responsibility on the West coast. That sentence has always made a lot of sense to me.
There is also a line — or a title, from the mini-series Band of Brothers (about the 101st paratrooper division in WWII) — We stand alone together.
Hmmm — not sure what to say about listening to a podcast or online course. Personally, one of the joys in this mysterious life is pondering the how and why of what makes people tick.
I am so glad to have these even tempered philosophical discussions!
One last thing — I also agree that communities function more harmoniously when like minded people live together. That is NOT to say we shouldn’t be aware and accepting of differences. I just mean that when people agree the wheels turn more smoothly.