Monday, 24 November 2014
ISOLATION AND LONELINESS
Since it has been my lot to find, at every parting of the road, the helping hand of comrade kind to help me with my heavy load, and since I have no gold to give and love alone must make amends, my humble prayer is, while I live, oh God, make me worthy of my friends, thou knoweth that for the secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what I have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond my reach.
People getting older are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income, fear or insecurity and more or less due to inhumanity.
Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts, otherwise I don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then I can let go when I want to. Not when others feel I have to, thus my story and hence like forth it should be told, people need people.
Social isolation and loneliness have a detrimental effect on health and wellbeing. Studies show that being lonely or isolated can impact on blood pressure, and is closely linked to depression and some significantly rated heart conditions. Social isolation and loneliness promotes dementia and elevates hallucination or anxiety, remember imaginary friends? The impact of loneliness and social isolation on an individual’s health and wellbeing has cost implications for health and social care services. Investment is needed to ensure that voluntary organisations can continue to help alleviate loneliness and improve the quality of life of older people, reducing dependence on more costly services. Abusive beings has rendered the hands of safeguarding evil to scare off the good and willing heart of caring beings.
The whole history of the humankind is summed up in the fact that, when men are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
The range of interventions for alleviating loneliness and social isolation can be grouped into one-to-one interventions, group services and wider community engagement. Those that look most effective include befriending, social group activities and Community interactions. My favourite is visiting the unfortunate inhabitants of our crude world, living in solitude, for one to one moments (priceless).
Judges who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with crime, so as a community incapable of providing for the inhabitants, ends up depriving the people of their fundamental comfort, companionship.
Culture is a sham if it is only a sort of Gothic front put on an iron building like Tower Bridge or a classical front put on a steel frame, like the Daily Telegraph building in Fleet Street. Culture, if it is to be a real thing and a holy thing, must be the product of what we actually do for the living, not something added, like sugar on a pill.
Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate. That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
As populations rapidly ages and people living blessedly longer, the issue of acute loneliness and social isolation is one of the biggest challenges facing our society. Yesterday you thought it had nothing to do with you, yet you are welcome to an upright change of opinion!!!
Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren't, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.
Our attitude toward our own people has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio empty boasting of Hollywood power, Hollywood virtue, Hollywood know how, has dominated our internal relations now for so long. Here within our souls, within the family, so to speak our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has our culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others. Perpetuating individual victimisation, should we just embrace the primitivity of the survival of the fittest?