Most people don’t know how to operate in solitude or deal with boredom. But learning how to do so can help us be better people.

According to Pascal, we fear the silence of existence, we dread boredom, and instead choose aimless distraction, and we can’t help but run from the problems of our emotions into the false comforts of the mind.

The issue at the root, essentially, is that we never learn the art of solitude.