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While the extremes of “left” and “right” on the political spectrum may be promoting their own versions of the pandemic, those not firmly committed to one position or the other need to be able to talk to one another in a dignified, respectful manner. The “Shelter-in-Place” isolation means that there is a longing to connect with others, and making this “connecting” civil is essential if the isolation is to be compensated for my meaningful contact with others.
Social Connectedness In a World of Physical Separation
We are – even if we have hermit tendencies – social beings. We have varying degrees of need for contact, be it by mail, phone, Skype or some digital device, or in person. Being sequestered as many of us now are with our current pandemic world, we are rapidly learning how much person-to-person contact we crave and whether the forms of communication we have at our disposal are adequate to satisfy that need.
No longer in a culture with extended families close by, there are some
No longer in a culture with extended families close by, there are some nuclear families who are with each other, and we hear of others who hunker down with friends or relatives they have called in to share the time and space. But, the length of time originally anticipated has now been extended. This state of affairs may demand of us new coping skills and ways to connect with each other to stave off the increasing feelings of loneliness, isolation, and for some, claustrophobia and the desperate need to reach out.
So, here are some strategies you may not have considered. They all involve ways in which we can “virtually” come together via one of the many means we have available. Consider any of these to especially be in contact with elder and more isolated friends. And if you are alone, reach out.
We are profoundly realizing how much we mean to each other. And, in such a time, we discover that what we have in common – the desire for contentment and security, our concern for our families and friends, the importance of love in our lives – may be a powerful incentive to heed the lessons on the importance of civil discourse and cooperative interaction for creating and re-creating our world.
Courtesy of Robert Sachs