On the surface it seems like a no brainer. OF COURSE you would. When you start to dig deeper though, you realize the challenge is much harder than you would assume. Solitary confinement has been well studied and the effects to the psyche can be catastrophic. Complete isolation and sensory deprivation leads to a host of psychological problems including psychosis, hallucinations, increased risk of suicide, anxiety, and panic attacks. These symptoms can crop up in as little as 3 days. In other words, it’s much harder than you think it would be. Oh yeah, no clock to tell the time and no windows! I’m going stir crazy just thinking about it now.
When I go out in public I do my best to lift myself from the fog of my own self centered pettiness to observe the people and things around me. I do this out of respect for the world because I understand it’s not just me on this planet. I listen intently to the conversations around me and make eye contact with the humans I cross paths with. If you begin to adopt these basic practices you’ll notice a number of things. The first is that people are stuck in their heads and mostly operating on complete auto pilot. Their eyes are caked over with a certain glaze, no doubt a symptom of being stuck in their own thoughts and imprisoned by their minds. This is not all people but simply most. The ones who do seem awake are usually older generations who grew up in more hardcore times, in a time with real problems where technology was not quite as developed as it is now.