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Why Are we All so Lonely?

Feeling lonely can seem like a very modern problem – but our sense of being alone has a history, and the more we understand the peculiarities of this history, the more we can be liberated to enjoy – rather than feel ashamed about – our solitude.
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“When we think of what might have been lost on the way to becoming modern, we’re liable to think about mealtimes: how seldom they now take place communally, how rare it is for whole families to gather, how much technology can intrude. In paintings of communal meals that reflect the older way of doing things, we can appreciate how all ages used to come together around a table, what a joy the home prepared food was and how welcoming the atmosphere seems to have been. Even the family horse might have been invited to join in…”


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