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Sometimes, we are tempted to think we are the only ones who struggle with this burden. Ellsworth Kalas tells the discovery that Thomas Wolfe the fine American writer made about loneliness:


Wolfe was a lonely man. He once thought that loneliness was something suffered especially, perhaps even uniquely, by the young, so he wrote an essay titled “On Loneliness at Twenty-Three.” For a time he thought of himself as perhaps the loneliest person who ever lived. But gradually he came to a broader conclusion. He wrote,


"The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence."


Kalas goes on to note that in our sin, we further complicate our loneliness. We become alienated from God and from one another. And we don’t solve it by marrying. Anton Chekov, the Russian playwright, said, “If you are afraid of loneliness, don’t marry.”


Source: J. Ellsworth Kalas, If Experience Is Such A Good Teacher, Why Do I Keep Repeating The Course? (2001, Dimensions For Living, Nashville, TN) page 13

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