Death by Loneliness (And our sad future)

“Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.”Bertrand RussellBeing the richest nation in the world has left Americans with a problem. As citizens of the United States we have so much to be thankful for. Including the choices we can make each and every day. These choices include withdrawing from society, building our own walls to keep people out and choosing not to engage with others.Artwork photo found here.So it leads to our current dilemma. We are dying of loneliness. Ahead of us a barren future of lonely adults playing games in virtual worlds. Our companions will be robots and imaginary, idealized versions of our loved ones. This is a bleak, yet realistic view of where we are going. If we do not figure out some solutions (I have a few to suggest), then we will end the human race. Not by nuclear war, an asteroid or some biological plague. Our own egos and idealism will kill is.  Currently 1 in 5 Americans experience chronic loneliness. It is not just a bit of homesick either. This is the type of pain deep within. Where you feel misunderstood and abandoned. This type of thought leads to an increase in health risks including heart disease and depression. This trend spreads rapidly due to an increase of social media technology. One can say we are on our way to a society of individuals alone. Scientists speculate lonely feelings act as a way to make us socialize. In this thesis here  you can read about the feeling of being alone an evolutionary trait. This opens up some ideas on why people have social anxiety and feelings of restlessness. People who tend to be alone are always on high alert and have trouble sleeping. Another study points to the fact individuals lacking social connections have a 29% increase in mortality. We are dying out here by our own hand.  Now for a bit of definition:John Cacioppo the director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience defines loneliness as:It’s perceived social isolation, or the discrepancy between what you want from your social relationships and your perception of those relationships.There are key words in this statement.What you want and your perception.Are we fooling ourselves with our own misunderstanding of others? Do we hold people to such a high standard we will never be happy with them in our lives?Now imagine a future where we can have the best relationships possible. Ideal companions and the best sex ever. Everything we want on a silver platter. Yet we would be more alone than ever. How?Welcome to a future of robotic cures. The trend now is for robots, combined with ideal traits from loved ones in the past al

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