loneliness and isolation
We live in an increasingly isolated world. Individualism, spurred by the utility of money to purchase time, resources and people has created a world of the self lived mostly online and detached from reality. Consumerism has taken over leisure times, previously spent in the delight of each others company, meaning we must do things in our increasingly sparse leisure time. Consumption of substances, imbibing alcohol, escapist tourism, and gluttony are all instant quick fixes to placate boredom. Our inability to look within at our own nature causes us to look outside of ourselves for the cure that already exists within us.
Whether through gendered expectations, cultural programming, or wading through the miasma of social media we’ve created lives for ourselves that are unhappy and isolated. We live in our screens, on our phones or in our heads. Loneliness has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death among seniors, and a source of individual malcontent. We look to screens to fulfill our intrinsic need for each other, as we shape our own persona upon the invisible scaffolds of expectation. Thinner, better looking, richer. We aren’t happy until we are all these things and more.
We could all do with more great friends. Today we are lucky if we have even one. Consumerism has made interaction with each other as utiliatarian, not borne from love. We no longer love each other, because we no longer love ourselves.
This is the way things are but not how they have to be.