Solitude is separation
from other humans.
It may be intentional or not, and
it may be just physical or just emotional or both of these.
Solitude is a positive state
when it is not the painful state of loneliness,
but rather a chosen state of being.
A haiku poem by Basho,
the 17th c. Edo-period Japanese haiku poet,
depicts solitude as pleasurable:
Solitary now —
Standing amidst the blossoms
Is a cypress tree.
|A solitary cypress tree|
portrays a metaphor for a human in solitude.
Solitude allows distractions to be eliminated,
opening a person to their capabilities of
thinking, reflection, concentration, and meditation.
In fact, it is in a state of solitude that
many rights may be experienced, such as
the Right to Think, the Right to Dream, and the Right to the Magical.
Thus, I declare the Right to Solitude.
This right is supported by the Right to Privacy.