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I revisited a blog post recently that really stuck with me: https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2017/08/08/the-crisis-of-the-lonely-atoms/ The lonely atoms are "a generation of unskilled 20-something men, largely unemployed, largely unconnected, largely irresponsible for a want of anything to be responsible for." The post mentions that several thinkpieces have come out in the last 5 years or so on this topic. You're welcome/encouraged to find them, read them, and share any insights with us. I connected with someone last year who has a Lonely Atom brother. I'm curious to hear from anyone else with Lonely Atoms in their lives. We'll meet in the Canyon Room at the Frontier, which has limited seating, hence the cap. Keep those RSVP's updated!
I'd like to discuss this recent article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/26/pill-for-loneliness-psychology-science-medicine Here's a quote from it: "Unlike depression and anxiety, loneliness has no recognized clinical form; there is no available diagnosis or treatment for feeling chronically isolated. She has also found relief in her work and in continuing her husband’s legacy: “If you have a sense of worth and life with a purpose, you will feel less lonely,” Stephanie says. Today, that means continuing a body of research that she and her late husband were beginning to explore: a pill for loneliness. It’s less science fiction than it sounds. A number of clinical trials are already under way, targeting the ways in which chronic loneliness changes the brain, as well as the havoc it unleashes on the nervous system. If there are pharmacological treatments for other social pains like depression and anxiety, why not loneliness?" We'll meet in Study Room #2 of Durham's South Regional Library, which seats up to 8, hence the cap. I'll send my cell to those who RSVP in case you have any trouble finding us.
North Carolina Botanical Garden
I only started reading this profile of Krista Tippett (host of the popular public radio show, On Being) and I already know it will be over the place for what this group is about and that I'd like to discuss it with others: https://www.thecut.com/2019/01/npr-on-being-host-krista-tippet.html We'll meet at the Chapel Hill Botanical Gardens, in the gazebo next to the parking lot near the front entrance. I'll send my cell to those who RSVP in case you have any trouble finding us.