In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.
—Haruki Murakami, After Dark
There was a very strong tendency among people to be kind of isolated. More hermits per capita than you’d find in most places. We were positively encouraged to create for ourselves minds we would want to live with. I had teachers articulate that to me: ‘You have to live with your mind your whole life.’ You build your mind, so make it into something you want to live with. Nobody has ever said anything more valuable to me.