Cult of individualism and the loneliness epidemic

Sep 16, 2023 by

By Richard D Land, Christian Post.

People often ask me, “Why do you still read The New York Times”?

My answer is twofold.  First, it is something of an addiction, one I acquired as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1965 (Alas, the Times was a much more impressive newspaper in 1965 than it is today). Even though now it far too often editorializes in its news spaces and propagandizes in its editorial columns, it still does on occasion provide in-depth news stories on subjects other papers do not cover and provides facts in other stories that are omitted from the columns of their competitors.

A classic example was provided by their columnist Nicholas Kristof on September 6th, “How We Can Fix Our Loneliness Epidemic”.  This column is “the fourth in the series ‘How America Heals,’ in which Nicholas Kristof is examining the interwoven crises devastating working-class America and exploring paths to recovery.”

Kristof arrests the reader’s attention immediately with his opening lines:

‘LONELINESS CRUSHES the soul, but researchers are finding it does far more damage than that. It is linked to strokes, heart disease, dementia, inflammation, and suicide; it breaks the heart literally as well as figuratively.”

This statement illustrates both the insight and limitations that The New York Times worldview can provide. Yes, loneliness “crushes the soul,” but the catastrophic health consequences are not “linked to” loneliness, but are the inevitable results or consequences of loneliness.

Why is this so? Our Heavenly Father and Creator has revealed this vital information to us from the beginning. God looked upon His creation in Genesis and declared it “was good.” The first negative note is sounded in Genesis when God declares, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help meet for him.” (Gen. 2:18)

The declaration “not good” is the strongest usage available in the Hebrew tongue, intimating a strong adversative to “good.” In other words, it was not good for man to be alone before the “fall” into sin. After the fall, it becomes catastrophic for man (or woman) to be alone.

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