Two reasons I live peacefully and blissfully alone in the forest, hundreds of miles from roads or telephone lines:
1. because there is no going back (where is coming or going?)
2. it’s always better to be alone than in the constant company of those who live in fear
Some nice bonuses:
It’s nice to not hear anyone complaining sometimes.
It’s nice to just be happy and have some tea and listen to the wind and the birds and the sea sometimes.
It doesn’t make it easier to go through the endurance, but it makes me self-reliant so I turn always to my own mind/heart for peace and joy first, and don’t seek these in the minds/hearts of perceived others.
It also makes it easier to love all beings, and not feel all caught up in this or that or part of some other thing.
I’t also is like a gift and a wonderful blessing when I do see people, any people. It also makes it easier not to judge them despite what they appear to be caught up in, and just talk to them as human beings. So, no, it’s not any form of misanthropy.
It’s an act of love. To bring the heart of love to fruition, we sacrifice some things we may have enjoyed, but that don’t help others, and learn to enjoy the most simple things that nurture and bring joy and love to all beings. Equanimity and lovingkindness then become the focus, rather than living in a world where there is competing or compelling, and struggling against others… People bring that socially attached mindset here in the summer when they fish: partially peaceful peaceful, partially struggling, partially kind, partially cruel…
I wondered once why monks and nuns go to monasteries and don’t live in the world. Then I realized, well, they still live in the world…
Plus the carbon footprint of this lifestyle is about 5% of the traditional American lifestyle, with just my low powered solar panels and tiny wind generator.. Plus technology is such that I can communicate with people in town.
But really, there is no need to organize with Love. Love doesn’t need a movement or a group to be strong. Plus all beings of love are connected by Love in the Heart/Mind/beyond, just like beings caught in a net of hatred and anger connect through the lower centers and act upon things with their minds, and attack the hearts/minds/beyond of love, but love endures, and so there is no real need for technology or even conceptualization for everything to happen perfectly and in accordance with how it should be.