[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”2/3″ id=”” class=”post-content” style=””][text_output]Nothing happens by chance. In many cases, the driver who has an accident ignored many warnings before it happened. In fact, every problem we face in life has a root cause. Isolation is no different, people don’t choose to become isolated; they are driven into isolation because something happened. One reason is that people avoid burdens and, to protect themselves, they just remove themselves from its path.

Living with other people is challenging, so many avoid people their own age and prefer the company of younger people who appear more lacking. The age and experience gap reduces the burden of spending time with complex adults and makes it easier to cope. Many women also prefer to remain single after a failed marriage, choosing the company of cats or dogs instead. They have no desire to re-live the stress of another partner. Animals are simple, just feed and pet them and they are good. They don’t nag, scold or get in your way — no matter what, they are happy to see their owner.

Nowadays it seems acceptable to say, “I don’t like people.” Modern society makes it easy to avoid them. Movie theatres are now in your home or on your smartphone. In the bank or at the bus stop everybody can escape into an application or game on their favourite device. Social media makes it easy to avoid people and still interact with them. We can tweet and post anonymously, using nicknames like masks. Dealing with people is too complicated, so we minimise that kind of contact almost instinctively. Sounds like you right?

We never thought of that as isolation, but dealing with people is what makes us human. In prisons, the greatest punishment is solitary confinement. In the famous novel, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe tells the story of him being miserable alone. Yet many people think they want this. Facing the burden of interacting with people is essential good mental health. People who talk to themselves alone are considered crazy.

Real communication is essential and the opposite is isolation. There must be people we can talk with, get to know, even quarrel with, accepting their shortcomings as they accept ours. Sharing our hearts is what keeps us healthy — physically and mentally.

Who do YOU share your heart with?

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