All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
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From an early age, the timeout is used as punishment, or reset trigger for the mind to realign with the expectation of appropriate self-governed behaviour. One minute for every year lived gives a middle-aged man, or woman, of forty or so minutes to contemplate conduct. From the thousand years after the 5th century AD, these "middle ages" would demand more than sixteen hours of isolation. What would you learn from this timeout?
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