|Dancing in Zhongshan Park, Shanghai, Sep 2016|
A brilliant documentary on loneliness in the UK, very sensitively made. But it could be anywhere. There are lonely people all around us everywhere, do we notice?
Perhaps the antidote to this is this vibrant community life I see in parks every time I go to China - people of all ages, but especially the old, meeting up in parks in the mornings and evenings everyday and spending time dancing to music, singing together, playing cards, practising Tai Chi and Kung Fu, talking, laughing, interacting with younger people.
Such an amazing way to connect, to not feel lonely! Blows me away every single time. Some of my colleagues' parents do these things, and I believe it helps them keep fit and remain cheerful. Here's an album of my photos, you'll see what I mean.
Don't miss the short videos of the dancing and singing [the videos have a small Play icon at the top right-hand corner]. They let strangers join them too, I've always felt welcomed. :) Don't miss the lady in blue dancing, so much joy.
Keeping Loneliness Away: https://goo.gl/photos/DMZcXEBgUPDtK7kn7
Documentary: Age of Loneliness [59 mins]
...My name is Richard. And I am lonely.
...I even talk to the cashier. I won't go to the self-service things...just to get some conversation.
...I've donated my body to medical science.If I am very honest about this - this is quite difficult to say - one of the reasons is because, I don't want to have a funeral, and have nobody turn up. Because I think that would be the loneliest thing.
...As soon as I thought of ending my life, my thoughts calmed down. Completely calmed.
...I want to be able to give. And you can't give unless you got somebody to give to.
...I can't bring myself to believe that this is it. What if it doesn't change? What if this - is - it?
...It can't carry on like this, it can't be like this, all the time. And then you start thinking...maybe it will.
...What's the longest you have been in this room and not seen anyone? Two weeks.
...I think I only need maybe for someone to come and see me. Maybe for a couple of hours. Maybe once or twice a week.
...One of the reasons that I am so pleased to be doing this [interview] is because of the company. It's nice to have people here.
From here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/03/loneliness-george-monbiot-ewan-mclennan-songs-tour