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    Becoming a hermit

    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?

    Lately I just keep thinking that people, as a whole, are vastly overrated,
    and it seems like a better idea every day.

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    Yep. Id bring along my wife and my dog though. Canada, mate! Mountain lake, cabin, hunting, fishing, shooting at low flying tourist planes.
    Tbh, I would love doing it (except maybe for the shooting)

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    Quote Originally Posted by megas_imperius View Post
    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?

    Lately I just keep thinking that people, as a whole, are vastly overrated,
    and it seems like a better idea every day.
    Definitely have thought about it, but would never do it. People need people dude. Even me, and I'm a whole lot more self-reliant than a lot of kids I know.

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    I don't need to think it, I am it.

    Well, I still crawl out of my shell over so often to go to a movie alone or visit my family. But for the most part I'm inside the house either gaming or drawing. :B

    Crap, I'm lame.

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    kinda living a lone life too. It not really hermit life. Hermit life is where you are completely detached from society which include Internet, not pay electricity (or making your own), Shopping and meeting family, and resolved to chase/grow your own food.

    I just live detached from the others including family for about 8 years. The only people I see is coworkers which I avoid to converse, chat with some people on the internet I never saw their face and that's pretty much it.

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    I guess yeah, I've thought about what it would be like.

    No, I wouldn't want to be a hermit.
    I'd personally like to live a life where there are lots of good people close to you, and not ones that are more likely to get mad quick, and do something stupid.

    Because there ARE good people in the world. It's just harder to find them.

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    You're bitter

    Catcher in the rye make social isolation sound pretty cool. But that's a book. People are cool. If you isolate yourself for a while it's easy to forget that people aren't that bad.

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    Dude I've been pretty sick for the last year and as a result pretty socially isolated...it gets old quickly, trust me. You need other people to keep your own problems in perspective, to laugh and have fun and stress over. Life gets pretty boring without that.

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    If you're locked up all day and don't talk to people or atleast go out to dance or have some drinks around people, where are you going to get inspired from? Where is the art going to come from?An artist's work is a statement of his life... if you live a bland, closed off life, it will show in your work. It's ridiculous to me, how so many people think they're above it all, that people as a whole are'nt good enough for you. That's bullshit. Not trying to step on any toes, but I think you need a serious reality check, man..

    and here you are, bitching and complaining about how you don't need people, but you start this thread looking for other people's thoughts or approval. That's too funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megas_imperius View Post
    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?

    Lately I just keep thinking that people, as a whole, are vastly overrated,
    and it seems like a better idea every day.
    Have fun talking to your volleyball.

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    ^ Have to agree with Mr. Bacon on this one.

    Might be fun to experience it temporarily, although living out in the bush alone isn't a particularity secure thought.

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    You've seen, (or read) Into the Wild?



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    Quote Originally Posted by megas_imperius View Post
    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?
    welcome to the world of a freelance Illustrator :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolas View Post
    welcome to the world of a freelance Illustrator :p
    Amen

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    I seriously believe that if I didn't see my friends everyday I would completely forget that good people exist and probably start killing those I hate, as I would probably go insane from not having sensible people around to give that reminder about what is right and wrong.
    Now don't take that the wrong way, I don't think I would be able to bring myself to hurt even those I hate, unless I was alienated for a long time and forgot that they do actually have feelings.

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    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?
    No, I like having sex and friends to critique my art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megas_imperius View Post
    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?

    Lately I just keep thinking that people, as a whole, are vastly overrated,
    and it seems like a better idea every day.
    Yeah, it worked out really well for this guy

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    una-artist Becoming a hermit.

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    Not completely.
    But a week or so.

    I would go crazy if it wasn't for msn.
    But you need social stimulation, or else you die (babies do).

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    Okay, so maybe I'm bitter. Maybe I'm jaded.
    But being antisocial can't exactly hurt my art, now can it?

    For that matter, was Ted Kaczynski such a bad guy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diphallia View Post
    Not completely.
    But a week or so.

    I would go crazy if it wasn't for msn.
    But you need social stimulation, or else you die (babies do).
    Son, are you calling me a baby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by megas_imperius View Post
    But being antisocial can't exactly hurt my art, now can it?
    Of course it can. And it can certainly hurt your art career, as social skills are at least as important as technical ones.
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    For that matter, was Ted Kaczynski such a bad guy?
    Gee, ask the twenty-three people he injured or maimed. You can't ask the other three, because they're dead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    ... it can certainly hurt your art career, as social skills are at least as important as technical ones.
    oh man,...Im out.
    I was bluffing mine.

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    Being around people is healthy, even bad people. The only time being around bad people is unhealthy is when you let them hurt you and you don't learn from the mistake. And the people you view as "bad" usually aren't all that bad, they're just stuck in a tough spot and made a mistake. Try to understand everyone.

    I don't condemn you for exploring this idea. If you want to still talk about it that's cool with me. I recently thought about it while reading Watchmen, when Dr. M goes to Mars or something and builds a castle out of the soil and his imagination. If you haven't read Watchmen you should, I think you'd identify with this character.

    By the way guys, don't turn this thread into an introvert bash. Introverts happen to be happy within their own world and have a unique perspective on the world outside of their own.

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    Catcher in the rye make social isolation sound pretty cool.
    Really? I thought Holden Caufield was one of the most annoying protagonists I've ever read about. Whine whine whine.

    welcome to the world of a freelance Illustrator :p
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    I think you need to meet some new people or something. I had my social isolation phase, and its not a bad idea to spend a decent amount of time alone to make sure you get to know yourself, but I can't imagine a life without friends, family, and random small talk with strangers. To me the greatest value in our lives is in the impact we have on other lives. Thats not to say you shouldn't do your own things too though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AShifflett7 View Post
    By the way guys, don't turn this thread into an introvert bash. Introverts happen to be happy within their own world and have a unique perspective on the world outside of their own.
    Being an introvert is not the same as being socially dysfunctional. I bet most of the people on CA are naturally introverted, it seems like a lot of artists are. But the fact that they are here shows they have some interest in social interaction. Introverts aren't always stuck in their own world, they can have just as much of a life as everyone else.

    A lot of people in their own world are very unhappy. They withdraw into themselves because they're afraid. How does that make you happy? I'm sure there are also people who write comics and withdraw into their happy comic book world, but if they have no social life whatsoever they're probably using their comics to get away from the things they're afraid of. That's not healthy.

    My sister acts exactly the same way a lot of people on CA have described themselves. She was very friendly as a kid, and then she slowly became unfriendly. Now she talks to herself all the time. She's a brilliant artist, but she is defiantly not happy. My sister's autistic, I bet most of you don't have a convenient excuse like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megas_imperius View Post
    Have you ever considered just withdrawing from society altogether? Forgetting about having friends, or an extended family, and leading a solitary life?

    Lately I just keep thinking that people, as a whole, are vastly overrated,
    and it seems like a better idea every day.

    I've already played World of Warcraft long enough. No thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linzoy View Post
    Being an introvert is not the same as being socially dysfunctional. I bet most of the people on CA are naturally introverted, it seems like a lot of artists are. But the fact that they are here shows they have some interest in social interaction. Introverts aren't always stuck in their own world, they can have just as much of a life as everyone else.

    A lot of people in their own world are very unhappy. They withdraw into themselves because they're afraid. How does that make you happy? I'm sure there are also people who write comics and withdraw into their happy comic book world, but if they have no social life whatsoever they're probably using their comics to get away from the things they're afraid of. That's not healthy.

    My sister acts exactly the same way a lot of people on CA have described themselves. She was very friendly as a kid, and then she slowly became unfriendly. Now she talks to herself all the time. She's a brilliant artist, but she is defiantly not happy. My sister's autistic, I bet most of you don't have a convenient excuse like that.
    Introversion: the state of being concerned primarily with one's own thoughts and feelings rather than with the external environment.

    The first part is what I mean by our "own world". So all introverts do focus on their own world, but introversion and extroversion isn't black and white.

    I think you could also find a nicer way of encouraging people to improve their social lives than comparing them to someone who is, unfortunately, autistic.

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    Yes, I guess I am just arguing over definitions. When I think of someone in their own world, I think of someone who's asocial. But if your definition of somebody's own world can be expanded to include some friends, then pretty much any artist is in their own world.

    Haha, I guess I could have found a nicer way to say that. Sorry. I was thinking of the other thread where a bunch of people said they don't even try to end their conversations out loud with themselves.

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