Humans are born as social beings. From the time we are born to the time we die, we live in the company of several others and are directly or indirectly dependent on others. Even during work, when there’s a streamlined process with everyone knowing their roles, the work is done faster and better. In such a scenario, one can’t think of a possibility of a lonely existence.
In fact, loneliness has been associated with several psychological problems and disorders. Loneliness is also linked with several of the psychopaths in the history of the crime world. Another side of the coin is that loneliness lets one reflect on themselves, and also the worst criminals get to face solitary confinement to make sure they get to reflect on their actions.
The story narrated by Anton Chekov has a banker and a lawyer argue which is the worse form of punishment. The banker argued capital punishment to be more humane than solitary confinement, to which lawyer countered and there came a bet wherein the lawyer will spend 15 years in solitary confinement and will get money once he completes the sentence.