実践ビジネス英語 2018/11/7 本文
7 水 L15 Loneliness as a Modern Epidemic (1)
How’s your father doing in his new apartment, Lidia?
Thanks for asking, Alyce. He’s doing all right. He likes his new neighborhood very much. He enjoys its convenience and walkability. But there’s just one problem. He says he’s lonely. So I’ve been trying to call him at least once a week. How about your father, Ayce?
He’s the kind of guy who’ll never admit he’s lonely. But I think he is. In fact, I know he is, because he recently joined a group called Pen Pals for Senior Citizens. It matches older folks with young people who want to correspond by snail mail.
Wow! That’s really retro. But seriously, good for them.
My dad enjoys writing to his young friends. The act of writing a letter on paper has taken him back to the simpler, slower pace of life during his childhood. He’s just loved sitting down and thinking about what he is going to write. In stead of the quick back-and-forth of the smart phones and social media.
Good for him. Having strong social connections is a basic human need. There is essential for spiritual well-being not mention a basic physical survival. We’re social animals after all.
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