To keep one's distance

to stand aloof; to refrain from familiarity.

See also: Distance

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It is easier to keep one's distance, to not look at all.
tell us something like this: "If you want your life to have some meaning, you must accept the Event, you must remain at a distance from power, and you must be firm in your decision." This is the story that philosophy is always telling us, under many different guises: to be in the exception, in the sense of the Event, to keep one's distance from power, and to accept the consequences of a decision, however remote and difficult they may prove.