Quote of the Day: With No Audience I was Just There…

“I did examine myself,” he said. “Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free.”-Christopher Thomas Knight, who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for 27 years, quoted in The Strange Tale of the Last True Hermit.


  1. That’s beautiful. Sadly, for me, it is only in looking back from a bit further down the road that I see the beauty in it – far too late to spend twenty-seven years as a hermit. Having lived in New England during the mid-1980s, I have often thought Maine would be a wonderful place to retire. Just a little cabin, and if it snowed I could let it snow without worrying about taking it away. It has seemed to me that would be a life far more in tune with nature and her rhythms.

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