Do you remember the song, “One” by Three Dog Night? They sing that ‘one’ as the loneliest number before introducing ‘two’ as being lonely as well, then melodically sing that ‘no’ as the saddest experience. Hmm. Kind of articulates the essence of loneliness!
Did you know that loneliness has become a silent killer? In fact, loneliness has become an epidemic that goes beyond simply being alone. The news headlines are filled with nuances that accompany loneliness in groups such as gender, generational, race, etc. And the list seems to be growing.
Here is what is brewing in Whalley:
A Street Café
From political to practical
From a political platform: Politics have the ability to stir up heated debates. Political strategies typically strive to unify a group and divide the other. Set goals give direction and purpose to this group. All is good, right?
Well, I beg to differ. Granted, there are some good interventions touching the fringes of this demographic, such as affordable housing, safe injection sits, Narcan kits, etc. My question is this: are any of these initiatives addressing the actual root cause? Is it possible that these ideas are merely placating the reality and concerns to appease the public with the façade that action is taking place?
Contrast these perspectives with those actually living that life.