2 thoughts on “Introspection

  1. I can relate.

    Hugh Hewitt, this morning, discussed a series of articles on loneliness that have posted in the Washington Post. Loneliness, according to the Post, is a health crisis of epidemic proportions. It is a cost burden on Medicare, social services and hospitals.

    Addiction and premature death are attributed to being alone. One out of eleven seniors have no spouse or children, and those numbers are growing.

    However, if you probe deeper into the stats you’ll discover that many lonely people, young or old, spend their days drinking (six or more drinks a day) and smoking (15 cigarettes on average per day).

    I asked a neighbor (35 and unemployed) why he sat around smoking and drinking all day. His simple response:

    “What else is there to do?”

    Loneliness is not the issue, but human behavior. How does a person occupy their time? Do they have hobbies, eat well, hydrate, get plenty of rest, exercise, or do they slip into depression and medicate themselves with alcohol and drugs?

    I have heard from so many socially engaged people who complain of loneliness. How can that be?

    People can live alone, but not be lonely … nor even bored. It all depends on the individual’s attitude and behavior.

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