This post is going to be a bit wordy. Not wordy in the sense of its length, but wordy in the sense of using a lot of words to describe one thing in particular. Or at least try to.
You see, this “thing” I’m trying to describe is a feeling.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to describe this particular feeling, and it’s not what people might think of as being a “typical” feeling. It is not specifically about love or hate, pain or pleasure, hot or cold, fear or desire, happiness or sadness, anger or calm, attraction or repulsion, disappointment or satisfaction, adoration or contempt, awe or indifference, disgust or admiration, revulsion or fondness, boredom or excitement, gratitude or unthankfulness, anticipation or dread, nor is it about jealousy or compersion.*
And then there is the feeling of loneliness.
Now wait a minute, I’m not sure we have an opposite word for this feeling. Words like companionship, comradery, community, fellowship, or inclusion, just don’t seem to capture the opposite of that feeling. And it’s not even the same as being alone. Loneliness is sort of a mixture of feeling morose, depressed, gloomy, sullen, despondent and dejected. And one can be lonely while standing in an ocean of people.
Loneliness is a “yearning” for something.**Continue reading Motion – The Dance of Perpetual Freedom?