I don’t think that there’s any doubt that loneliness can be a Killer. To think that there could be a time in your life when you are without someone to share with, to talk to is enough to drive anyone to the edge of madness.
From the moment we are born we are surrounded by people who to various degrees, care about our well-being. From the mid-wife who helps us from our mother’s womb, to the doctors, teachers and of course family who are there to care for us throughout our lives, we are rarely ever, truly alone. So imagine finding yourself in the situation where there is no-one.
Of course, there are some who make the choice to spend their lives alone or at least be as far away from the hustle and bustle of this busy world as possible but that I think, is a different matter. Such a monumental choice is usually made after much forethought and the consequences fully understood. And even then, the hermit, the recluse will more than likely have left someone behind who loves him or her and will go on doing so. They will never be truly and absolutely, alone.
Imagine the worst. Imagine being totally unloved. Having no-one who cares or even knows of you. True emptiness. Of the mind, body and soul.
Of course, it should never be.
We have a duty of care to our fellow human-beings. We should be watching out, for each other. But as we all know full well, modern life has a nasty habit of taking short-cuts. The need to get from A to B in the fastest time possible consumes us all. Looking neither to the left or the right we have no time for our peripheral vision. That side-ways glance that might make us pause and see the lonely pensioner (Senior), the tired single mother or even the person who appears to have everything but in truth has nothing, (one lesson that life should have taught us is the fact that you can be surrounded by people and still be lonely), passes quickly.
We need to slow down. And we need to prioritise. We need to remember that we are not immune and not to care, rebounds. We are Brothers and Sisters. And that is why racism, fascism is nonsensical. We should NEVER stop introducing ourselves to our fellow men and women. There is so much to learn and to give. To stop communicating is certain death.
We need to take on board the fact that we all need someone to share with or indeed, to Love.