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To a far greater extent than we perhaps realise day to day, we are craving a group of people to hang out with regularly. Many of the psychological disturbances of the modern world can be traced back to a very basic but central cause: we are lonely.
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“We are, a lot of us, a great deal sadder, more anxious, more incomplete and more restless than we really need to be because of something very large that is missing from our lives. What’s worse, we don’t even know what this thing is and how much we crave it, because we don’t have the right concepts, experience or encouragement to help us locate it. What we long for and are slowly dying without is: community.
They tell us that we are suffering for all sorts of reasons: because we’re afraid of intimacy or are low on serotonin, are beset by anxiety or trauma or are chronically dysfunctional around attachment or trust…”
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