Contact is becoming less tactile and more virtual, creating diminishing the humanity of relationships, yet still evoking very real emotions, despite the fact that much of the time we are alone and those sentiments are not truly shared.

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I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time. That’s the idea their thoughts will drift toward when they’re allowed to drift freely. And this idea will thus tend to get all the benefit of that type of thinking, while others are starved of it. Which means it’s a disaster to let the wrong idea become the top one in your mind.

Paul Graham, The Top Idea in Your Mind

There is one thing I can say for certain: the older a person gets, the lonelier he becomes. It’s true for everyone. But maybe that isn’t wrong. What I mean is, in a sense our lives are nothing more than a series of stages to help us get used to loneliness. That being the case, there’s no reason to complain. And besides, who would we complain to, anyway?

Haruki Murakami