Over a year ago, George Monbiot wrote an article titled “The Age of Loneliness Is Killing Us” for the UK newspaper The Guardian, wherein he highlights the maladies of our age. If you haven’t read it, we recommend doing so now, or at least taking a cursory glance at it to get a sense of the perspectives we are operating under..
Not much has changed for the better since then, in fact, you could argue that most of the problems Monbiot brings to light have only become more widespread, and their damaging effects more pervasive and apparent.
Something must change, though, right? Things are sure to get better, aren’t they?
For anyone growing up or maturing in this modern age, the best you can hope for is to find a place in society that does not (directly or indirectly) rob you of all dignity, self-determination, personal freedom, or the agencies thereof. You are encouraged to fit your dreams and ambitions to the constraints of society: it’s your Expectations which are causing you so much heartache and disappointment. Were your drives for happiness and fulfillment geared more towards serving a function you never saw yourself as (Sales Associate, Assistant, Customer Service, Cashier) you would not feel so out of place.
If you see a problem with that proposed solution (seeing your expectations and ambitions as the flaw in an otherwise purportedly functional system) you are not alone. The idea behind starting a project such as Unism is to stop limiting ourselves by settling for a world in which we are becoming ever more disconnected from the things from which human beings derive a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
If you find yourself in this Age of Loneliness, don’t worry – you are not alone. Stay tuned on how to end this loneliness for yourself, and the Age of Loneliness as an era.