Being completely alone is a theme that’s been explored in films and books many times – and loneliness is a fundamental part of the human psyche. It seems like as well as food, water and Oxygen, we need positive relationships with other people.
One film that really got me thinking about this (and a lot more!) was Moon, directed by Duncan Jones and with just one actor: Sam Rockwell. I won’t spoil the movie, but I highly recommend it. It’s an AMAZING movie. Trailer below:
There are different circumstances in which a human being can be alone – maybe they feel alone because they lost a loved one or do not interact with other people as much as they’d like to. In extreme circumstances, people must endure huge amounts of time with little or no human contact. Take the next case.
It was reported in the world’s broadsheets today that Herman Wallace, 71 had been placed in solitary confinement for 41 years for a murder he insisted he did not commit. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson ruled that Wallace had not received a fair trial because women were excluded from the grand jury that indicted him and he was released.
41 years. That’s a seriously long time. Solitary confinement is frequently used as a way to break up gangs that operate inside prisons, particularly in the US. It’s also a way to prevent people from committing suicide.
What’s the point in living if you can’t talk to people? If you woke up, and no one was left on the planet but yourself, what would you feel like? I, for one, would not see the point in existing.