I feel it, Cliff Hanger. I focused on this particular phrase about the man's book:
"deceptive simplicity". It's nice to know that it's all right to be lonely. Thanks.
I agree, Letty. Do you think he's using the term loneliness in a very broad way, as there is a distinction with choosing to spend time alone and being lonely. He's probably, to a degree, addressing the culture that is so crowded with stuff, and objects, and acquisitions, which we've somehow been hoodwinked into thinking will fill up the emptiness.
Feeling lonely, periodically, seems normal. Conversely, having a sense of elation, in being able to collect your thoughts, to be able to unfold some of the complications of a busy and distracted life-- on your own, in private, seems more valuable than filling up life with people, distractions.
But back to the loneliness thing. I find, as I've gotten older, that my view of the world has expanded, and therefore I am not so quick to accept easy, quick explanations, or half-hearted attempts at anything, especially superficial friendships, relationships.