In a world that cannot stop talking, to coin Susan Cain, the need for a more introverted, contemplative way of living has never been so coveted by those of us who simply wish not to verbalize our every passing thought and emotion within our surrounding environment. Despite eminent gurus, such as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, suggesting to us that it is perfectly possible to find peace of mind in the midst of the bustling marketplace or backstabbing office, many philosophers from time immemorial have advocated a retreat from familial and societal obligations into the solitary life as being the only means to acquiring emotional harmony and mental equilibrium. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne 28th February —13th September was one such thinker who championed the solo existence. Tis not that a wise man may not live everywhere content, and be alone in the very crowd of a palace; but if it be left to his own choice, the schoolman will tell you that he should fly the very sight of the crowd: he will endure it if need be; but if it be referred to him, he will choose to be alone.
Michel de Montaigne
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Indeed, understanding of the term is confined to its more negative associative powers. I do not find it strange that imagination brings fevers and death to those who give it a free hand and encourage it. It is only in the Romantic period, when the imagination is associated by Wordsworth and Coleridge with creative power or the poetic principle — the link between the visible and invisible worlds — that the word accrues the significance we attach to it today. But for Montaigne, imagination is nothing but trouble. Impotence, every manner of psychosomatic disorder, even the tendency to fart, all are blamed on the dreaded imagination.
Matthew Sharpe is part of an ARC funded project on modern reinventions of the ancient idea of "philosophy as a way of life", in which Montaigne is a central figure. When Michel de Montaigne retired to his family estate in , aged 38, he tells us that he wanted to write his famous Essays as a distraction for his idle mind. He neither wanted nor expected people beyond his circle of friends to be too interested.
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