Monday, January 22, 2007

Self Reassurance

Sister Ruth, who is looking for a place to live, is one of just 600 Christian religious scattered around Europe who have made a vow to live as hermits.

This is her philosophy behind living a solitary life. "It is all about stopping the craving for interaction with other people - the addiction to all the things we think we need in order to reassure ourselves that we are loved and valued as beings," she explains. "Identity literally translates as 'to make a thing of yourself'. So much of our contact with others is hollow and about creating feedback about ourselves."

See also this, from a few weeks ago.