17th Oct '14

It is the phenomenon sometimes called “alienation from self.” In its advanced stages, we no longer answer the telephone, because someone might want something […] Every encounter demands too much, tears the nerves, drains the will, and the specter of something as small as an unanswered letter arouses such disproportionate guilt that answering it becomes out of the question. […] to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect.

– Joan Didion

17th Oct '14