Put a glass of something in your right hand. Go sit yourself down next to your brother or sister and look them straight in the eye. They can see emotion coming a mile away. Therefore, they will get nervous, tell some really lame joke to deflect and head straight for the kitchen.
No human being is capable of living an atomized life. We live by community; otherwise, we live badly, or not at all. But now the puzzle: Americans seem to be choosing to condemn themselves to the hell of loneliness. But what does this have to do with religion? Quite a bit, actually