How do loneliness and community relate to each other

In January we talked a bit about community, but recently I ran across a quote that made me think about it more. Wanted to talk a bit more about it tonight as a result. I went back through my notes from January and made sure I didn’t ask all the same questions, but do plan on revisiting one of them (;

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Why is curing loneliness important?

Loneliness leads to depression

Togetherness leads to lots too.  Collaboration.  Achieving dreams.

Without others we can’t find our purpose or unique calling.

Loneliness is limiting.  Feedback is necessary.

How do communities help cure loneliness?

Community gives a sense of purpose.  Relationships form in the context of community.

Solitude is a choice but loneliness is a symptom of a larger problem.

What are some characteristics of a community?

diversity, common needs and goals, common enemies, learning more and more about each other, becoming closer in spite of differences, supporting each other, helping each other grow, trust, safety, being known, commonality, creativity, accountability, growth, sense of self, spurring each other on.

What communities do you feel you are a part of?

Lots were discussed, but common themes emerged:

Regular meetings, shared experiences, “we get each other”, feed off each other, know what people are thinking, breaking down walls between people, inspiriration, accountability, family, hobbies, authenticity.

Who do you know, that you don’t currently consider part of your community, who could really benefit from being a part of your community? Can you take a step towards making that happen today?


About Scott Overpeck

Scott Overpeck is a creative leader with a heart for contextualizing movements of justice, advocacy and compassion to his surroundings. He is the founder of Intersection Creative Strategies, a consultancy advising social enterprises and non profits on communications as it relates to marketing, fund raising and commerce. Additionally he sits on the board of Renewing Hearts; helped found Laundry Love Santa Ana; and leads 511, a small creative community in Santa Ana. Scott lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two sons. He enjoys tacos, unicorns and American Idol.

One Response to “How do loneliness and community relate to each other”

  1. soverpeck | October 24, 2010 at 4:46 am #

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