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Spending time alone makes us smarter and more creative. Too bad we’ll never do it.
Now, perhaps more than ever before in my lifetime — with all the shouting in the streets, the Twitter tantrums, the rapid extinction of facts — seems like a good time to escape. To leave the world behind for a while. To be alone.
Many people have envisioned such a withdrawal; I know I have. But can a person actually do it?
The short answer is no. And it’s not because of jobs and children and responsibilities. Even if, by some miracle, you were given a grant to get away from it all...