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Most people got the short end of the stick in the current lockdown. All of a sudden their world has been turned upside down and they are at a loss to figure out what to do with themselves. After a week or so the boredom is killing them and they fidget around like lunatics in an asylum. Like a fish out of water. I, on the other hand, am in the minority that got the better part of the bargain. Happily secluded from the follies and vanities of the beau monde I never get bored. What’s not to like? If you are an avid reader like me you thrive on solitude. Time for some classics I kept putting off for years. Huntington. Fukuyama. Mearsheimer. If you are an enthusiastic gamer then again seclusion is pure bliss. Nier Automata. Super Meat Boy. Nioh. Dark Souls. If you are a keen cinephile quarantine could be the best thing that happened to you. It’s high time you visited the complete collections you never got round to watching. Pasolini. Farhadi. Joon Ho. Almodovar. Coen. Dolan. You name it. So how not to love a lockdown? Less people on the streets, less ozone depletion in the skies and more time for you to get lost in the feudal Japan of Nioh. Let alone that as a smart-ass I have been already practising social distancing since I was a child so I am more than used to it. But at the same time I realize that being self-contained as much as is one of the most enviable traits in humans it’s also a bit scary. Only God is supposed to be genuinely self-sufficient. So I wonder if you can trespass on his territory without being punished. There’s a sense of paradoxical selfishness in not needing other people. “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Gen. 2:18) is a basic tenet of our faith after all. So while I don’t mind being an urban hermit who doesn’t get bored by himself, turning into a borderline sociopath is a different matter altogether. A balance needs to be struck. But until I find a solution I’ll put my mask and shield on and go kill some more monsters in the Yokai realm of Japan. Sayonara. Keep safe.

 

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