There are times when it’s a good idea to ignore (almost) everyone.
That doesn’t mean you treat others as if they weren’t there. It means you treat them like fellow living beings sharing space on this planet. Which is to say: sovereign. Like you. Allowed to be. Like you. Able to decide for themselves who or what to pay attention to. Like you.
And then? You pay attention to who and what you want to pay attention to.
You and I aren’t here to carry the weight of the world. We’re not here to absorb all the world’s noise, beautiful or otherwise. That’s the work of the gods. Our job is to figure out who and what matters to us. And to act in alignment with that awareness.
It’s astonishing what disappears when we withdraw our attention from it. And what flourishes when we focus.