Sonya Chung writes so clearly about the human condition in an essay online at The Millions. (Language warning in the title!) She writes that she doesn’t have an answer to a question an author asks and follows it up with some thoughts on loneliness. She writes,
“I don’t have an answer, but the question makes me think about how much of life is about loneliness and efforts to cure or soothe loneliness, and how much of art is about loneliness and efforts to cure or soothe loneliness; and how loneliness is a word — easily enough spoken or written, like death or love – but really it’s a deep sadness, which is also a force, driving so many of our desires and actions, and at the same time shameful and hidden and nearly impossible to live with, out in the open, in any authentic way.”
This essay prompted me to think about connections to loneliness and story and art and connecting with others. In my latest very short Story Cures podcast episode, I talk a bit about these topics with some thoughts from Simone Weil, a former therapist, and author and theologian James Houston.
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