BP #1: Loneliness

Social contact with another human being is something many of us take for granted. In America and Britain, one out of three people 65 or older are living alone. Socializing is a basic human need that some of us aren’t getting access too, and that is causing devastating effects. Research is finding that people who are lonely are more prone to physical illness and cognitive decline. Loneliness affects our white blood cell production, which makes fighting off infections much more difficult. Being lonely also affects many key bodily functions by overstimulating the body’s stress response. In fact, loneliness may now be a better indicator of an early death than obesity.

In Britain, the issue of loneliness is now becoming viewed as a serious health issue that should be given public funds and national attention. Public, private, and volunteer sectors in Britain are coming together to help spread the word about loneliness, and at the same time, researchers are biologically deepening there understanding of the issue. But in America, it is a different scenario, there is not much recognition to the average person about what loneliness does to your health.

A lack of integrity is clear in abandonment of others. Integrity does not include shallowness, which is what is present when we only focus on ourselves. Committing to a friendship or family members is also a part of having integrity, and that is also not clear if we are letting our elders rot away without social contact. It is a social injustice to not give some of our time to communicate with the lonely. In America, we need to view loneliness as a severe social injustice that is harming someone’s health. We need to value giving social contact more and view it as immoral to leave someone abandoned.

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2 thoughts on “BP #1: Loneliness

  1. Question:

    1. How do you convince someone that doesn’t want to socialize to socialize while still respecting them and their rights as a human?

    While people should stay in contact with others, we cannot force someone to make contact and socialize as it would have the adverse effect. Very rarely does someone forced into something enjoy it and willingly go back to it. We tend to respond to force with force, and anger with anger. Would it not be ethically wrong to force someone to do something, even if it is for the greater benefit of their health?

    Otherwise, I agree with the argument in question. People should socialize. The problem is how to get them to do it.

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  2. I think this argument could have many different implications of inconsistent morals and values among people but it is truly a persons integrity that is the root problem when it comes to loneliness? I think that since we are social creatures that function within society because of the social contact and interactions we have with others, when you take that away our society suffers. Loneliness can have to do with personal preference and some people may choose to isolate themselves from others because of social anxiety. Others are lonely for unintentional reasons such as the loss of loved ones, moving somewhere new where they don’t know anyone,etc. Loneliness, in my opinion has to do with what people hold as valuable when it comes to a social setting. If someone doesn’t think that socializing or interacting with others is important or necessary, they are acting consistently with their values and therefore they have integrity.

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