“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” — Malcolm X

The longer I live this hermit’s life, the less talking I feel moved to do… yet the more there is to say. That’s a main reason why I’m starting this blog.

For now, I’ll say this: he probably had no such intention, but Malcolm X was speaking for plenty of Hermits when he made that statement. I don’t think it’s commonly known, but — based on the reading I’ve done and the solitary folks I’ve known — we Hermits often seem to carry a real independent, anti-authoritarian streak in us. I think many of us need real freedom if we are to know peace.

Actually, I suspect that plenty of non-Hermits bear the same trait. And that’s likely a major reason why depression is so rampant in the world today.

Topics like these will be a major theme of this blog, so if you’re intrigued, please do stay tuned. I’m convinced that there’s a real need for an online sanctuary where such things are honestly considered and addressed.

May Hermit Hollow serve, faithfully and well, this perceived need for peace and freedom together. And to my readers, welcome to a peaceful yet inwardly wild adventure.

2 thoughts on “A Place of Peace — and Freedom

  1. “Welcome to a peaceful yet inwardly wild adventure.”

    Sounds like an oxymoron. Yet one cannot but think the only way to find peace is to take control of one’s inner turmoil. And that self-control is what leads to freedom.

    I hope what you’ve started here is a “think tank” for the individual free spirit.

    Anne Finch, a poet of the 17th – 18th Century (1661-1720), wrote one of the most poignant pleas for personal peace from political and social distraction in her introductory verse to “The Petition for an Absolute Retreat”. (Finch and her husband attended James II and his court prior to his overthrow in 1688, so were caught up in that upheaval most of their lives – when all she wanted was to live quietly on her property and write poetry.)

    Give me, O indulgent fate!
    Give me yet before I die
    A sweet, yet absolute retreat,
    ‘Mongst paths so lost and trees so high
    That the world may ne’er invade
    Through such windings and such shade
    My unshaken liberty.

    1. Thank you for this, Pat. I had never heard of Anne Finch. Lovely verse and certainly poignant. Must look into her work.

      “I hope what you’ve started here is a “think tank” for the individual free spirit.”

      What an intriguing way to put it. Come to think of it… one of my oldest and dearest friends said almost the same thing to me when I told her of my plans for this site. Maybe you’re both on to something.

      As you know, I eschew politics and policy (I’ll cover that further in future posts here), the influencing of which seems to be the end goal of most real-world think tanks. That said, who could benefit more from a think tank — or perhaps more of an ever-bearing garden — than today’s smallest and most neglected minority: freespirited individuals?

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