Alone together: Our collective experience of isolation during the pandemic

Sat 4:00pm - 4:50pm

Venue: Convo 08


Modern conveniences have made it so that we can operate with very little interdependence on one another. We hire people to create and manage our lives, we outsource our rituals. Birth, death, grief. They've become antiseptic and lonely. We've become amazingly efficient, but mark my words- we have lost something in doing so. What we have gained in ease we have lost in connection. Even before the pandemic, we went home to our self-contained little lives. We put up privacy fences and pulled down shades. We posted our pretty pictures on Instagram so edited and tweaked by filters they bear little resemblance to what actually happened when we snapped the photo. Then we hashtagged our gratitude for a life we were not actually living and tagged our friends who did not actually know us. It was desperately lonely. And then, Covid-19. When the shutdown happened, many of us despaired at being able to survive the one or two months we initially thought it would be. Now, over a year in, we have seen the collateral damage wrought by the necessary lack of community - addiction, overdose, suicide... The virus wasn't the only cause of death during this challenging time. We’ve had people dying of loneliness. Laura Parrott Perry shares how going from a lonely, 'pretty on the outside' life to one of deep connection and truth in sobriety helped her to understand the fundamental need for community in order to survive.