Monday, June 11, 2012 11:34:40 AM
We're pack animals, it`s ironic that city-dwelling has created such a sense of isolation that eye contact is construed as "too awkward." You uh... you may wanna watch your terms there. "Pack animals" are beasts of burden, like donkeys or horses, who carry equipment. There are pack hunters, like wolves, but we don`t really qualify for that.
Humans are a social animal species, which may be what you`re referring to. But being social doesn`t automatically mean every human has the exact same social tolerances. While very few humans can go an extended time with no social interaction before breaking down, every person has their own level of tolerance for things like crowds, and even the number of friendships they make.
The idea of "urban solitude" isn`t about avoiding human interaction, but about limiting it to desired interactions, and a level of interaction that people find comfortable.