Smart People Prefer to be Alone
“I was thinking, too, of Superman and his fortress of solitude.”
As I am a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, I wanted to give the official definition of Superman’s fortress of solitude from Wikipedia:
“The Fortress of Solitude is a fictional fortress appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Superman. A place of solace and occasional headquarters for Superman, the fortress is typically depicted as being in frozen tundra, away from civilization.
Its predecessor, Superman’s “Secret Citadel”, first appeared in Superman #17, where it was said to be built into a mountain on the outskirts of Metropolis. By issue #58 (May–June 1949) it is referred to as the Fortress of Solitude, seems at a glance to be a freestanding castle, and is said to be located in a “polar waste”.
When the Fortress reappears in 1958 and for the first time takes center stage in a story (“The Super-Key to Fort Superman”, Action Comics #241), it is again an underground complex in a mountainous cliffside.
Traditionally, the Fortress of Solitude is located in the Arctic, though more recent versions of the Superman comics have placed the Fortress in other locations, including the Antarctic, the Andes, and the Amazon rainforest.
The general public in Superman’s world is either unaware or at best only vaguely aware of the existence of the Fortress, and its location is kept secret from all but Superman’s closest friends and allies (such as Lois Lane and Batman).
A trademark of the Fortress is that it contains a memorial statue of Jor-El and Lara, Superman’s Kryptonian parents, holding a large globe of Krypton. Although Superman has living quarters at the Fortress, his main residence is still Clark Kent’s apartment in Metropolis. The arctic Fortress of Solitude concept was first created for pulp hero Doc Savage during the 1930s.”
Now this may not mean much to you but there is an interesting underlying concept to this.
Whilst we think of superheroes for their capes and superpowers, we never really die deeper into the mental strains on their responsibility.
Most notably Superman, despite being invincible, holds the entire weight of the world on his shoulders.
Therefore, if something goes wrong, he must go there and sort it out.
Also, he is mostly the only Kryptonian on earth, meaning he is completely alone in his endeavours (ignoring the Justice League), and therefore must figure everything out for himself.
So, the fortress of solitude is a great place for the man of steel to recharge, reconnect with his people, and ultimately come to terms with all he is experiencing.
Whilst he is an alien, at the end of the day he is and has human emotions.
So, whether he had to catch a plane that was crashing or fight off a swarm of monsters or what have you, there is no doubt some trauma or even PTSD to deal with.
My point in this opening is simple, if Superman the most powerful being on earth has a fortress of solitude, then maybe we all should?
Whilst maybe using fiction as an example may not be the best of starts to this discussion of intelligent people preferring to be alone, it is hard not to see logic the argument.
Let’s think of some of the greatest people in history, Sinatra, Elvis, Elon Musk, Ali, Mother Teresa, Gandhi.
These people despite being associated with others all have one thing in common, they are all single individuals – and heroes to most people.
Now I am not at liberty to discuss their personal lives, but they all have one thing in common.
They worked mainly alone.
They strived for their work or dreams alone.
They were individuals who were not part of a team or an organization.
Why did these great people and mainly intelligent people throughout humanity all prefer to be alone?
Well let me put a law of attraction spin on this as it is mainly connected to that and more.
I’ll give you also a personal example.
Many years ago, I came up with an idea for a novel, and I discussed it with personal friends and family to which they all hated it and lambasted me for not being “smart,” enough to write a book.
Fast forward a few years later, and I was getting signs from the universe to write this book, it was appearing everywhere.
The truth was, I didn’t tell a single soul about it.
I got on with it, and a year later it was published:
My point being, I had nobody to tell me not to.
9 out of 10 people are most likely to give up on a project or an important change because somebody has told them not to do so.
OR they see others acting lazy and unproductive and through sheer burn out and exhaustion decide to put things off until they can be bothered to work again.
Whereas an intelligent person, quiets the noise.
They work in their OWN fortress of solitude and get to it.
I’m not telling you to go to the arctic and build an ice chamber, but I am suggesting that it is indeed possible to get more done by blocking out the naysayers.
A good rule of thumb is to not tell people what you are doing.
Unfortunately, many people are addicted to their phones, and constantly want to share announcements about almost every single aspect of their lives, their goals.
What happens is, they put themselves under an immense amount of pressure by doing so, because friends and family (particularly jealous ones), will harp on to them about how they are getting on with their goals.
Being in solitude for intelligent people allows more peace.
Sadly, there is a sharp rise in narcissistic and toxic people all over the globe.
Therefore, what we must understand is that tranquillity is important for healing.
I know many intelligent people who have been burdened with toxic and poor relationships as a result of being too empathetic.
As a result, these people often have toxic flu, which is a result of being around the wrong type of people for too long.
They almost don’t recognize or remember who they were and become completely disorientated.
Therefore, isolation and solitude allow them to rediscover their worth, and in particularly their personality what made them great in the first place.
If you noticed, they may be successful and rich, but intelligent people value peace over everything.
For you see when you are at peace, you can focus, and you can solve life’s many problems far more effectively.
Speaking of which, intelligent people are also great problem solvers.
My father is a very smart man, and just last year we were dealing with a crisis involving a business we are partners in.
It was awful, and to this day we both have stress just remembering what we experienced.
When he got home, he asked to be excused, and sat in silence for 3 hours, just thinking with a notepad.
I knew not to disturb him, and surely enough a few hours later, he came up with a genius idea to solve our very difficult problem.
It took a few weeks, but fortunately we solved it.
He admitted to me he had to find space to process everything and have no distractions.
By quieting the noise, you can achieve anything.
You can solve problems because you are not being directly influenced by the world and so on.
A woman once lifted a car 5x her weight to rescue her child who was stuck underneath it.
It was physically impossible.
How you ask?
Because nobody told her otherwise.
Intelligent people can find peace, can focus, solve problems, and live better lives by being more alone than with everybody.
And with a large pandemic of narcissists and toxic people spreading all over the world can you really blame them?