Hans Thoma - Loneliness

In this issue we explore ageing and its unseen, unwanted companion, loneliness. The condition impacts not only the elderly, but also those aged 15-25.  It’s not hard to find some of the reasons. If you look back on the adulation of the Market economy the signs are clear. They all indicate a growing - and largely ignored - social despair, as ideologically-driven governments pillaged our institutions and put everything they could, up for sale. Now, surprise surprise, there’s a world-wide recognition by governments, that alienation and loneliness represent a new - and worrying - public health threat. It’s what happens when we, our land and our most precious resources, become commodities.