2020 has been a year full of ups and downs.
The pandemic has given rise to the norms of ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’ and this has proved effective in the fight against COVID-19. However, as we follow these norms, we forget to take into account its impact on a primary human requirement- connection.
A survey conducted by Ipsos revealed that 50% of Indians believed that they were likely to experience loneliness in 2020. Many people are also experiencing ‘touch starvation’ due to the loss of the sense of community. Mother Teresa once said,
“the greatest disease today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love…”