The Book of Genesis got it right: it’s not good for anyone to be alone - Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair

Found in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis, the phrase “It is not good that the man (the person) should be alone” is most commonly associated with the traditional wedding liturgy but 2020 has brought home to us that it has much wider application – and that though it originates in a particular culture, centuries before the birth of Jesus, it remains universally relevant.

Loneliness is as much a part of 21st century living as is digital connectivity, says Martin Fair
Loneliness is as much a part of 21st century living as is digital connectivity, says Martin Fair

Of course, a healthy dose of solitude needn’t be a bad thing. We all need time and space to reflect and to mull over those things which are bothering us. Hitting the pause button, stepping back, getting things in perspective, tending to our spiritual health – those time-outs are best done on our own. A walk through a park, or along a beach for those of us who live at the coast, or a foray into the hills can be exactly what the doctor ordered (literally, in some cases.)

Sometimes it’s good to be alone. Sometimes it’s essential.