We who most deeply feel the effects of disconnection must be the army that fights against it. We must dedicate ourselves to reaching out not only for our own good, but for the strength of our families and communities.
The inability to create and maintain fulfilling connections is a modern epidemic, a side effect of some of our great achievements: ease of survival, high mobility, and the ever greater focus on the individual.
We are the canaries in the coal mine; our higher sensitivity to the availability and quality of meaningful connections is tragic evidence that our rapidly evolving culture is leaving our genetically wired social needs behind. Our numbers are growing. Our society is disconnecting from what it means to be human.
We have the power to repair ourselves. And in so doing, we can be the change we want to see. We must find, nurture, and demonstrate the cultural changes that are required to honour our genetic heritage.
We must resist the forces that encourage us to live passively, ever-seeking external affirmation, and leading unexamined lives.
We must become engaged in our selves, our bodies, our partners, our children, and our grandchildren.
We must dedicate our lives to breaking the cycle of disconnection, separation, and divorce. Your children, or those of someone you know, deserve this effort. “No fault” is everyone’s fault.