I have long ago reached the conclusion that a single-minded pursuit for self-improvement/perfection by excluding interaction with people must come to a dead end eventually. These sentiments are echoed again here.

“Human beings only learn and evolve through relationship. The only way we can see ourselves objectively is through the reflection of others. We can go off and sit in a cave and meditate for years, but we only really find out what happened in that cave when we come out and get involved with other people. So we need each other if we want to evolve.”

Andrew Cohen