One of the greatest forms of suffering today is the epidemic of loneliness. Research has shown that being lonely is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Isolation is indeed a public health issue, but more than that, it’s a crisis of civil society.


I’ve tried writing this a few times but I’ve never quite got it right. I still don’t think I have, but I’m trying to make this writing thing a habit, and that means just doing it, especially when it feels far from perfect. Very far. The philosopher Hannah Arendt said, ‘In order to go on living, one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.’ I’m trying.