Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid.
I like that quote - and just read it in a new book I'm starting, Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe. The quote starts off the chapter titled "The Time to Think." I've not read it yet, but I see it discusses the rhythm of introversion and probably goes on to say that we need a lot of time to be alone with our thoughts. I sure do.
It's nice reading about introversion because for so many years I just thought I was a recluse or outcast - and felt kind of bad about it. Inferior y'know - to all the gregarious, bouncy people around me. But being an introvert is a good thing just like being an extrovert is - and reading about it confirms that all my quirks and idiosyncrasies are okay. That's important because I live with a loud, boisterous extrovert and at work I am surrounded by people all day. That I hide away alone on my lunch break and don't mind that Mike has to sometimes work on days when I am at home are both parts of being an introvert - and not bad at all.
The only problem I really have with my introversion right now is that I like quiet and Mike likes noisy, and sometimes we want the opposite thing. He usually likes to empty his mind after a hard day at work; whereas I like to fill mine. So he wants some mindless, loud TV to take him out of his head while I prefer to read quietly - putting things in my head. Our jobs are so different, along with our personalities in some areas that we occasionally need different input. But we like to be together. So I'm thinking some earphones for the TV would be a good thing. He could watch while I read - and we could still be close together.
Maybe Introvert Power discusses these kinds of things. Looks as though it does - and a whole lot more. Now I need to finish three other books so I can start reading it. I really do need those earphones; I could sure get a lot more reading done and that would make me one happy introvert.