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Loneliness Loves Company

So I was thinking about one of my favorite themes, which is "loneliness in the Big City", i.e. that image of someone staring out the window of their hundred story apartment complex, etc. It seems that it's a variation of the classic, "Misery loves company." It's like, "Loneliness loves company," or rather, "Misery, from loneliness, loves company... of misery, from loneliness," which doesn't quite have the same tautological ring to it. :P

That is, when we're feeling lonely, we love watching movies and listening to songs about other people also feeling lonely. It makes us feel like we have company in our loneliness. But wait: "Company in our loneliness"?! What the hell does that mean?!

I think it means that we aren't really getting any company in our loneliness when we watch movies and listen to songs about other people being lonely. We're only tricking ourselves into accepting our loneliness by telling ourselves that it's inevitable.

So the real lesson is: Don't just take empty comfort from the knowledge that others are lonely, too; that feeling won't last. Don't just know that you're all "alone together"; realize that "being alone together" is an oxymoron, and activate that oxymoron by actually bringing people together. When you're truly alone together, you won't be alone at all!

:P

Of course, that's obviously easier said than done. Maybe this post will get some of you to comment and tell me that you feel my pain, and you're lonely too, and thus we're being lonely together after all. Or maybe I won't get any comments in the first place. I'm not sure which would be more appropriate.

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The very first step towards "dealing" with loneliness is to accept it. Loneliness is an integral part of the human condition - and no person, place or thing can "cure" it.

The whole loneliness in the giant apartment complex concept -- that's all Le Corbusier's fault!

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