Community: An Intentioned Cure for Loneliness
When people turn from the table where bread is broken and candles glow, be sure you have invited them not to your house but to their own, and offered not your wisdom but your love.
Loneliness has been described as a disease, a plague, and a sentence. Our technology has brought profound and expansive development in our capacity to communicate across vast reaches, but has inversely deteriorated our experience of meaningful connection. We are connected to a wide world, but we are not freed from our sense of isolation. As we devote increasing amounts of time to the influx of idea and data, we become increasingly less connected, on a meaningful level, to friends, family, and dear ones. Community is not the surefire means to establish connection, strong enough to defeat this disease, but it makes the cure for loneliness possible.
Loneliness is experienced when you are isolated, lack social support, feel invisible, or feel that no one around understands your truth. Loneliness increases when you are abused or rejected by others, when you struggle to adjust to the social mores of your society, or when you have lost dear ones to death or departure. Loneliness can overtake us even when we are around others who recognize and acknowledge our presence.
Community is a social fabric that can heal loneliness, but only with intention. When I say we have a community, I might simply mean tha… More...