Reflecting on isolation, a friend notes that, to the extent that our sense of self derives from our interactions with others, when we are cut off, those parts of us begin to atrophy. What we sometimes think of as losing social skills is this atrophying of the different versions of oneself that manifest with different people when we lose contact with them.
A well-lived life requires others’ support not only to navigate seasons of change, but also to ground us when the options we have for engagement are constrained.
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