Why we might all be wrong about ‘the loneliness epidemic’

  • Mardi Gras exists because people like to be together, and dressing up, drinking, listening to music, etc. makes it just more fun to be together.
  • Mardi Gras exists because people don’t like to be together, but realize they ought to be, and so, like adding tons of salt to a poor meal, add costumes and weed to make it tolerable.

The Loneliness Epidemic

Open or scroll to a newspaper and you’ll eventually find an article about how we’re living though a loneliness epidemic (google if you don’t believe me). This article, for example, tells us that the number of Americans reporting themselves lonely has doubled in the last twenty years, and points out that loneliness brings in its train a range of mental and physical health problems.

(Some of) St Anthony’s Ramblers, Mardi Gras 2019 (my photo)
  • We would, when faced with an alternative that satisfied the needs of being with other people while still being alone, adopt that alternative.
  • We would, if we nevertheless had to be with other people, seek ways to make it more attractive.
  • We would, if we weren’t economically compelled to, seek to minimize our ties to others.



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Matthew McKeever

Matthew McKeever

Novella "Coming From Nothing" at @zer0books (bitly.com/cfnextract). Academic philosophy at: http://mipmckeever.weebly.com/