Jordan Holland wrote:I think I could probably be alone until the day I die. I've never had a longing to be around people. Person, yes, but not people. With a dog, I could definitely be alone as long as the dog lived. The sadness of losing the dog one day might change that. At least long enough to find a new dog. Dogs contain all the good traits of humanity and none of the bad. I do not like what I have seen of humanity. In the end, people will betray you, leave you, or hurt you enough that you have to leave them. A dog, never.
I've been alone on my beautiful acreage for 15 years, having face-to-face contact but once a week at the most. I've gone for several weeks without seeing anyone, especially in Winter. As I'm surrounded in my rural perifery by non-permies, conversation can be somewhat challenging. But it's a choice, as I'm somewhat inclined to no longer engage in close relationships....friends are safer. Just having opened a belltent to AirBnB guests, it's a bit of a shock to walk into my woodland and find someone there staring at the nearby fells (low mountains in the northern England, UK). I have to say that I'd never advise anyone to totally isolate for really long periods, as conversation and brainstorming ideas is what I find will keep our minds young and dialogue vibrant. We're communal beasts after all. 'Betrayals' seem to be more inherent in close, emotionally tied relationships rather than friendships, and whilst I love dogs and wish I could afford to keep one, a wagging tail won't make up for the lack of conversation in front of a log fire with a glass of sloe gin.