Originally Posted by srikant
He was born a beautiful person with full potential for enjoyment but he had to forsake the potential to fit in with the society. Now as he realizes that the social formality has given him nothing but misery , he can go back to his adorable childhood self and do the things he enjoys most intensely. Maybe it is just collecting stones on beaches or chasing butterflies. Who knows.
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the desire for human interaction. Maybe when he is walking along the beach, he wants a lover beside him for companionship. Maybe when he chased butterflies as a kid, he chased them with other kids.
There really isn't anything wrong with social formality, until and unless it starts forcing you to do what you really don't want to do, or starts stopping you from doing what you really do want to do. Social formalities can definitely have that kind of effect, but there are also plenty of situations where they don't have that kind of effect.
The disadvantages of social formalities/conventions in themselves probably don't justify an extreme withdrawal from other human beings. It can be meaningful and worthwhile to be with other human beings, and it often is. You may enjoy dancing more with a partner than by yourself - but you do have to learn the steps ("the social formalities") so that you don't repeatedly end up stepping on her toes ...