Monday, February 16, 2004

Hermits used to be revered as wise and holy men. Many of them were saints, and many a monastery sprung up around a monk who gained a following. The idea of the "wise man sitting atop a mountain" is a classic meme running through our society. Jesus spent several years in the desert with a hermetic group. Bodhidarma attained enlightenment after sitting in a cave for nine years.

Why then did one of my classes today involve a series of preachings by upperclassmen on how we must all go out and fraternize, gain experience and make friends? Why must we all be leaders and extroverted social fellows? Why is the lifestyle of being an introvert and spending your nights on the computer so frowned upon?

Guh. Makes me mad.

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