Why would a recluse turn out to be a better citizen than your typical politician?
Aside from what’s obvious about politicians, the answer is in the Dunbar Number.
Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships … It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150.
Once you fill up your relationship quota, everyone else becomes sort of like an object. No empathy for strangers.
Our typical recluse will have lots of room for new friends. Not so the politician, who has already gone over quota in the pursuit of donors.
Who do you suppose will bullsh*t you more, a recluse or a politician?