সুব্রতা মজুমদার Guwahati India
Solitude and the Quarantine
An Article by- Subrata Mazumdar
As we know that Man is social by nature. Not only by nature but also by necessity. It is said that needs and necessities makes man social. Man has many needs. Social, mental and physical needs are very important, one man cannot fulfil these needs without living in a society. Yes we are a human beings, we live in a society so that we cannot even stay away from that society which we are live in. We cannot deny our social duties, we cannot ignore our social values. But sometimes we need a space too from the very busy schedule or from of social crowed to find our inner peace. ‘Solitude’ is the way which can help us get to know more about ourselves. By this way we can make choices without outside influences. We can choose how to spend our time without worrying about anyone else’s fallings. This may help us to develop better insight into who we are as a person! Solitude is the state of being alone without being lonely. Now here a question may arise, is it okay to be alone all the time? Well, if we find
ourselves constantly around others and felling bored we have to make sure to schedule some healthy time alone.
Quarantine is a word which has come from the Italian word ‘Quarantina’ which means period of forty (40) days. The definition of Quarantine is to isolate from normal relations or communication. Now one thing is there, some people are confused about both the word ‘Quarantine’ and ‘Isolation’ well both the word are not same there are some differences between Quarantine and Isolation. In general Quarantine is “a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of decease” where as the Isolation is when someone or something is set apart or separated from other persons or things. In medical term isolation specifically means, “the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infections decease.” We are doing social distancing now a days. The COVID-19 outbreak has introduced many people to the term ‘Social Distancing’ for the first time, generally it refers that to reduce close contact between large number of groups of people; mean while we can still maintain our social relationship by using digital technology and social media and all by being physically separated.
Solitude is a time that can be used for reflections, inner searching or growth or enjoyment of some kind, deep reading requires solitudes, so does experiencing the beauty of nature. In this pandemic days many people are spending time in social media and presenting himself/ herself in a new way. In front of everyone by showing their talent. It has possible because of the lockdown days because we have enough time to find our inner peace. Which is always suppressed by our work pressure and we lead a stressful life. It is also true that the Coronavirus Pandemic is not only affecting peoples health and safety, it also impacting peoples livelihoods as the virus hits the economy. Cancellations, quarantines and social distancing are causing many companies to furlough or lay off employees and in some instances, both. But we must stay positive, we do believe everything will be fine very soon. So by doing the creative work we are spending the pandemic times with positive vibes, we are just trying to do so, because one cannot be a normal being in isolation, our nature compels us to live with our fellow beings. We cannot afford to live alone. The human is a social animal, dependent on trust and trust comes from a sense of common values and beliefs . we seek commonality which is why we love social networks the immediate friendships on Facebook and instantaneous connection on Twitter. Some health professionals are increasingly encouraging the use of the term physical distancing as a clearer alternative to social distancing. The term additionally makes clear that people should still spend time with friends and family using digital technology and social media when they are physically not at the same place.
Solitude improves psychological well-being, but solitary skills could be help you become mentally stronger. Studies have found people who set aside time to be alone tend to be happier. They report better life satisfaction and lower levels of stress, they are also likely to have depression. We should self quarantine at least one in a year to find our inner peace.
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