I am thinking of entering a mental quarantine in order to curtail the influences of the outside world/society on my mind.
This is somewhat similar to the "nonews" regimen a certain poster was talking about, except instead of shunning only social media and mainstream news, one is encouraged to categorically avoid contact with physical humans as well as any medium of communication by which they may send their thoughts unfiltered, eg. this very imageboard. So basically no looking at pictures of real people, no listening to audio of real people, no looking at Youtube comments, no watching videos containing real people (unless they happen to be information-rich and convey information "indirectly", which I'll explain subsequently) and so on.
In this proposed regimen the only contact with human thought shall be through "indirect" means which provide a suitable filter: cinema (especially animation), music (usually with few or no lyrics), certain books, etc. Of course, these may all contain subliminal or overt messages and there is no doubt that the cultural zeitgeist will seep back in through these works of art and poison you, but they might be bearable for the same reason that the mercury in tuna won't kill you; the human presence is greatly diluted. Their ideas come to you in a roundabout way; and generally one has to put in some effort into interpreting mid-brow and high-brow media in order for them to properly exert their influence on you. Books which are almost solely preoccupied with abstract ideas, or ones that are didactic in nature, do especially well in filtering out any nasty backwash one might be exposed to when drinking from the well of human knowledge. A history of, say, the ancient Middle East may be written in a detached manner and the author will (attempt to) relay concrete information in a more-or-less neutral writing voice. He is kept in check by the oversight of his academic peers, and needs to construct a reasonable narrative within the bounds provided by his sources, whose veracity is–once again–subject to the judgement of editors and peers. Philosophy is safe, too: as one translator of Plato puts it, "there is a Platonic teaching, but it is no more to be found in any of the speeches than is the thought of Shakespeare to be found in the utterances of any particular character." In other words, there is some distance between the direct thoughts and feelings of one human and the end-consumer, i.e, you. It is for thaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.