Sunday, July 11, 2004

To be Frank...

Question: It seems that for most people that kind of isolation would lead to loneliness.

Frank Zappa: Try to imagine what the opposite of loneliness is. Think of it. Everyone in the world loves you? What is that? Realize that your'e in isolation. Live it! Enjoy it! Just be glad that there arent a bunch of people who want to use up your time. BEcause along with all the love and admiration that's going to come from the people that would keep you from being lonely, there is the emotional freight you have to bear from people who are wasting your time, and you can't get that back. So when you're lonely and youre all by yourself, guess what you have? You have all your own time. That's a pretty fucking good deal. Something you couldnt buy any place else. And every time youre out being sociable and having other people be "nice" to you, then they want something from you. And they've already taken your time! Loneliness, once youve come to deal with it so that it is not an uncomfortable sensation, so it doesnt feel like drowning or something, is not a bad deal. It's a good deal. It's the next best thing to solitude. I'm not talking solitary confinement. Solitude. If you're sensitive to loneliness, youre going to be in trouble, because then the lonliness turns into something really painful, a horrible depression and then you die. One way or another, you just die. So who needs that shit?


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