The foundation of love is connection. This truth is keenly felt during the initial stage of love: the falling. As we fall, it’s as if the world obscures and leaves only two. If we fall further still, the two become one. Bliss.
Humans need community. This necessity is built into our genetic code – to be connected is to be alive. For the vast majority of our evolution, we’ve lived closely together and depended on each other. Like food, relationships nourish us. Without them, we suffer. The fate of the lonely is bleak.