Updated: Apr 17
As some of you may already know, I am an advocator for solitude, and my personal philosophy, AKA, Rubinshteinic Individualism, has set the notion of solitude as a prime subject of which it revolves around, putting the importance of solitude for our development as individuals, even if we are to choose to not be complete hermits in this day and age of connectivity.
And as such, a life of pure isolation, AKA, solitary confinement, is where I draw the line even as an advocator for the functionality of solitude. Let this be known that I by "solitude" I don't mean "solitary confinement" whatsoever, and, to wrap it all up, I have a story to tell for you.
Imagine yourself being alone, whether by will or force, but when you want to get out of your isolation, you cannot - for eternity. Imagine, in other words, being completely isolated from the world, with nothing to do, with the addition of being immortal.
This is a scene from an RPG game called MOTHER 3. Closely to the end of the game, you fight the main antagonist (who was also the previous game’s antagonist), called Porky Minch. Porky Minch in this game became a dictator and use intensive time traveling and brainwash devices into make almost everyone in an isolated region of islands to submit to him. Because he used so much time traveling, he became immortal, only being able to die by killing him.
Minch’s life was very difficult - he got terribly and constantly abused by his parents, and thus had a traumatic childhood. This trauma lead him to become extremely megalomaniac, eventually leading him to be an all-evil villain. Arguably, he was the reason for this game’s entire plot simply because he was bored. However, psychologically-speaking, it's theorized Minch wanted to destroy existence as a compensation for the traumatic suffering he had -- because when you destroy the world/universe, you also destroy everyone that hates you, and indeed he clearly states this in the game.
In the fight against him, he got defeated. However instead of being killed, like the rest of the enemies, he summons a special capsule called the “Absolutely Safe Capsule”, and goes into it to protect himself. However, since this capsule is so safe, anyone who enters it cannot go out, for eternity. That is the price of absolute safety from the world.
Although he was a very evil villain, he gave himself an inevitable and miserable fate - to be locked inside a capsule forever, with no possibility of ever going out. The creator himself said in an interview, that Porky would be there even after billions of years! By the way, the capsule is also indestructible.
Just imagine how is it to be in the same place for years and years, and not doing anything. Only few, mentally-immune people would survive such harsh, yet safe conditions, while being immortal. You cannot do anything but to stay there and think, and all of your previous life is gone for good. There are no people (for this capsule is an isolated underground), no hobbies, no work and no hope of ever getting out - you have only you and your thoughts.
I would imagine Porky being driven to insanity as he loses the sense of time, and being in a continuous inner war to preserve the sanity he has. He turned from a god-like worshipping, all-powerful leader into an insignificant, hopeless person who would never hear anything but his own thoughts and speech, and seeing the same internal capsule for eternity.
Even I, a dedicated loner, am in doubt if I can endure such extreme hardship. I may very like being alone, but definitely not when I have nothing productive to do. I won’t be able to read or write, nor go to the gym or listening to music - all I can do is nothing, and if I am to be an immortal in such situation, I could never do anything, and instead, remain paralyzed by my own forced, ultimate safety.
All of this makes me wonder if such a verdict fits the sins of the evil Porky Minch. I think execution would be a better sentence. If I am to be alone, at least grant me some things to keep me busy and grant me an existential meaning!
Let this be known regarding my and this site's philosophy, that society is only necessary for an extant, and yet, it is absolutely necessary, even if at a minimal portion, and I am in no way an advocator of a voluntary solitary confinement -- one that remains for days, weeks, or even months. We should therefore be able to distinguish between periods of solitude, where you have more freedom, and between solitary confinement, where you are enslaved by law or authority to suffer at unproportionate degrees.