The Book of Joy - Loneliness: No Need for Introduction Summary & Analysis

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In this discussion based on loneliness, the Dalai Lama begins by claiming there is no need for loneliness because “we are same human beings,” thus there is “no need for introduction” (126). He condemns materialism, saying that in a culture so devoted to work and money, “there’s no concept of friendship, no concept of love” (127), two of the necessary ingredients for deep connections to humanity. His argument is simple: one must embrace his obvious connection with other humans. Even “scientists are discovering that our basic human nature is compassionate” (127), supporting his philosophical theory that the human experience can only be enriched through meaningful connections with other humans.

The next part of the conversation focuses on the difference between “the psychological experience of loneliness” and “the physical state of being alone” (128). The Dalai Lama answers first, claiming that loneliness largely depends...

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