after resigning ourselves to solitude

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NewAmerica

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Does "after resigning ourselves to solitude" mean "after having to accept the situation of being alone"? Some nuance here appears to be beyond me.

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We do not discover ourselves in the same way that we discover other features of nature, like pulsars and x-rays, or even components of our bodies, like synapses and genes. We invent ourselves, imagine ourselves, and we keep shape-shifting, swerving, throughout our lives. Our ideas about ourselves and others can change dramatically when we fall in love, have children, get divorced, get locked up in a psychiatric ward, have a sex-change operation and fall in love again, miraculously, after resigning ourselves to solitude.

Source: John Hogan
 
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  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    You seem to have understood it pretty well.

    after resigning ourselves to solitude = having got used to the idea of being alone (without a partner)
     
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