Is Loneliness the New Human Condition?
Differentiating Loneliness from Simply Being Alone
My feelings of loneliness and accompanying depression have been overwhelming throughout the day and just continue to build as the evening goes on. As much as I attempt to skirt around the issue and discuss broader topics that moderately relate I decided that perhaps the only way to come to terms with it is to face it directly. Considering the prevalence of this problem in my life at the moment I have chosen a number of quotes that I feel seek to explain and normalize being alone and feeling lonely. Each quote provides a different bit of insight that collectively form a relatively cohesive and comforting message.
While I have felt rather lonely all day it seems to be a pattern that my sadness and loneliness becomes intensified at night. The following Hemingway quote identifies this pattern as being rather normal and not unique to me-
"I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started."
- Ernest Hemingway
"There's nothing terribly wrong with feeling lost, so long as that feeling precedes some plan on your part to actually do something about it. Too often a person grows complacent with their disillusionment, perpetually wearing their 'discomfort' like a favorite shirt."