Fay, A. (2020, April 29). Loneliness is a modern invention. Understanding that history can help us get through this pandemic. Time. https://time.com/5828736/loneliness-coronavirus-history/
This article is in alignment with Moustakas's claims within his publication Loneliness and love (1961) when he differentiates loneliness anxiety (modern-made) with existential loneliness (inevitable). Fay claims that when tackling loneliness during covid-19, it is dependent on our perspective, as it is not always negative. I am learning through this independent study that aside from the negative emotions, there is also so much positivity and potential that cam emerge in being alone when we allow ourselves to experience solitude. We can unlearn negative biases and learn to appreciate, create and grow as individuals.
Read the following chapters within Loneliness, Clark E. Moustakas, (1996):
I - The terror in love and loneliness
Here are the quotes that stuck out to me:
"I believe it is necessary for every person to recognize his loneliness, to become intensely aware that, ultimately, in every fibre of his being, man is alone - terribly, utterly alone [...] It is this terror in loneliness which evokes new senses and makes possible the experience of deep companionship and radiant beauty." (Moustakas, 1996, p.8-9)
By being lonely, we have a better understanding of the self and what occurs around us.
"I have concluded that loneliness is within life itself, and that all creations in some way spring from solitude, meditation, and isolation." (Moustakas, 1996, p.10)
The roots of creation according to Moustakas: solitude, meditation and isolation. What do I think?
"I began to see that in the deepest experiences the human being can know - the birth of a baby, the prolonged illness or death of a loved relative, the loss of a job, the creation of a poem, a painting, a symphony, the grief of a fire, a flood, an accident - each in its own way touches upon the roots of loneliness." (Moustakas, 1996, p. 21)
This made me think about how aspects of our everyday lives affect our sense of loneliness. I wonder if the minhwa 'folk' painters in Korea during the Joseon dynasty felt this way too.