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All the lonely people | The Indian Express

All the lonely people | The Indian Express

All the lonely people

Every man is a piece of the continent, but what if the continent is breaking up?

By: Editorials | Published: January 20, 2018 12:29 am
According to a public health official in the UK, “loneliness is worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day”.

No man is an island entire of itself, every man/is a piece of the continent,” wrote John Donne, English poet and cleric of the 16th century. Five hundred years later, his country has just appointed a minister for loneliness, in acknowledgment of the wave of social isolation sweeping its people. The figures are staggering: According to the UK government, nine million citizens often or always feel lonely; over 200,000 elderly people have not had a conversation with a friend or a relative in a month. Britain is not alone. Last year, a former United States surgeon general, urged governments and workplaces to recognise and tackle an “epidemic of loneliness”.

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