Some thoughts about the Einzelgänger – the lone wolf or introvert.
Martyn V. Halm, at Quora:
“Oh, bless the Germans, who capture entire philosophical concepts in single words.
You are an Einzelgänger, which is loosely translated as ‘loner’ in English, but loner has negative connotations. Einzelgänger means ‘someone who goes alone’, meaning someone who prefers to be by himself. In our increasingly ‘social’ society, anyone who doesn’t crave company is deemed deviant, but this stigma is recent. Recluses, hermits, and people who secluded themselves in order to find spiritual or religious enlightenment were revered and honoured. Nowadays, they are regarded with suspicion…
However, history teaches us that much of our wisdom comes from people who don’t partake of society in order to think new thoughts.”
“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
See the book ‘Quiet‘ by Susan Cain.