On The Edge

here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak ” How to Deal with Loneliness and Develop Meaningful Friendships”

October 23, 2019

Bill Clinton says it's his favorite song. It's a Beatle's classic still played 50 years after its debut. It strikes a chord with multitudes because we so identify with its theme.

"Ah, look at all the lonely people / Ah, look at all the lonely people."

The spotlight shines on an aging woman then transitions to an unappreciated pastor.

"All the lonely people / Where do they all come from? / All the lonely people / Where do they all belong?"

She dies. "Nobody came." He officiates, then meanders away.

"All the lonely people / Where do they all come from? / All the lonely people / Where do they all belong?"

How could you not guess the memorable "Eleanor Rigby"?

A century before, Henry David Thoreau captured the same issue of loneliness. He stated, "The mass of humanity lead lives of quiet desperation."

From a biblically informed perspective, we know there are three basic needs of humankind:

  1. Transcendence: reaching beyond physical to spiritual.

  2. Significance: having purpose in life.
  3. Relationship: having human connectivity/friendship.