Terror of isolation is the natural bedrock upon which tyrannies are built. Severe loneliness is an abnormal state for human beings. That's why the prospect of being condemned to solitary confinement is akin to the biblical curse of being cast into the outer darkness. It renders us so vulnerable that in the hands of tyrants, this terror of being alone is the perfect weapon to control our actions, our speech, our associations, and our thoughts. We may be oblivious to the practice, but loneliness is constantly weaponized. This will continue to happen by stealth unless we wise up to the process and become self-aware enough to build counterstrategies.
- From The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer by Stella Morabito
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