How We Can Find Our Way Out of Society’s Isolating Social Crisis
35 percent of Americans over 45 are chronically lonely. Only eight percent of Americans report having meaningful conversation with their neighbors, and only 32 percent say they trust their neighbors. These sobering statistics are part of op-ed columnist and author David Brooks’ vitally important talk about society’s social crisis: we are becoming increasingly fragmented and isolated. He finds hope in the “weavers” in society, who do not live isolationist lives, but see and value others. “Society changes when a small group of people find a better way to live, and the rest of us copy them,” says Brooks. By following the example of these “weavers,” we can all find greater happiness and meaning.