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Something Called The Politics of Lonely

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Jun. 24th, 2010 | 08:36 pm

I've been thinking a lot about loneliness lately: what it is, where it comes from, how to deal with it, what it means. They're not exactly easy questions to answer when you really stop and consider them. I've come up with some definitions, some vague aphoristic pronouncements about dealing with it, but I could definitely use some help in thinking it through.

Thankfully this fellow named Thomas Dumm wrote a book, Loneliness as a Way of Life. He uses political theory and philosophy to explore what loneliness is, what it means to be lonely, and the relation between society and our experience of the emotion -- basically, this book is exactly what I was in need of. Hooray!

His contention (from what I've read so far) is that loneliness has become an (if not the) essential condition of the modern self, that we're utterly bound to the feelings of loss and longing loneliness causes; because of this, we must examine this condition, and if we can't best it, we must better define the terms of our confinement within it.

I'll probably be using the next few posts to get some quotes up, which I'll think about out loud here, if not within the same post, then later on after I've finished the book.

Ok. That's it for now.

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