I recently came across a quote by Mother Theresa. She said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted. It is the most terrible poverty.” In our first book discussion this past Wednesday night, I wondered aloud if, in the midst of all this technological connectedness, are we lonely?
As our brains are wired to be socially connected with other humans, that wiring is looking for facial expressions, tonal changes, body language. Interpretation of these messages is learned over time. At the book discussion, we spent some time talking about how much of this physical interaction is lost in the daily life of children and young adults. One participant pointed out that our emotions seemed to be limited by the emoticons available.
We also had a chance to talk about the importance of solitude and how it was viewed. Depending on whether one is an extrovert or introvert it was valued differently, but the role it plays in allowing our brains to reset and be creative. In Stillness, Daily Gifts of Solitude, author R. Mahler observed that by doing nothing, “we stare into the potential of everything.” (p.65)
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated. The food was good and the company was great. Mark your calendars for the next book discussion slated for Wednesday, October 24th from noon to 1pm.
by KJ Bolling, LAII