The adage `No man is an island' presupposes that man cannot possibly live on his
own. To a large extent, this is true. However, the merits of privacy should not
be underestimated as it allows for the recharging of one's energies. My personal
preference is a healthy mixture of both, depending on the situation.
the company of others when I am in high spirits and want to share my joy. Trying
to keep my joy to myself will only dissipate it, which will render my happiness
null and void. Thus, I would prefer to have my friends around when I am
high-spirited. The company of my friends will result in the trading of jokes,
experiences and stories which will lead to a general
camaraderie. Such company will only serve to further my joy. Also,
when I am depressed, the concern of my friends will naturally lift my spirits.
Their presence will go a long way towards helping me get over the unhappy
circumstance that plagues me. At times like this, I can fully understand the
meaning of 'friendship'.
When I take my meals at public places like the hawker centres or fast food
restaurants, I dislike eating alone. It is very awkward to try to avoid looking
at people around you and usually, I will end up trying very hard to finish my
meal quickly. Eating alone seems to be a sign of loneliness, especially when
everyone else around me is happily interacting in groups. Thus, I will always
rather have my meals packed and brought home to be eaten in front of the
television set than to sit alone at a public place.
However, when I am shopping, I like being alone. Having people with me at
such times serves only to distract me, as I will always feel obliged to devote
my attention to the company. This will mean that I may not be able to
concentrate on the business of shopping. Also, having company while shopping
will mean having to compromise on the places to go. This will undoubtedly cramp
my style as my taste in clothes and accessories may clash with my friend's.
Thus, I would rather be alone when shopping.
When I feel exhausted by schoolwork or family problems, I would prefer be
left alone. This is because such occasions require time for reflection, which
will help me sort out my problems and begin to
recuperate from the stress. Thus, such times will be better spent on
my own. I will not be disturbed by the opinions of other people, who might
affect the decisions that I would need to make. Furthermore, when alone, I would
be best able to judge the situation without the need for bias or defensiveness.
Thus, I am not a person who totally enjoys the company of others or my own
solitude. Like all things, different
responses are needed for different situations. When I need to be alone, I will
enjoy the time by myself. But when I feel the need for company, I will certainly
not deprive myself of that.