something i've been thinking about, ever since i read it last month:
"The psychological horror of solitary [confinement] reveals something about isolation as a condition. In our societal fantasy of the most unlivable places, people are forced into an indistinguishable mass, unable to be separate from others, whether in prisons*, detention centers, refugee camps, or shelters for Unhoused people. We imagine collectives and camps as sites of degradation, when the reality of such spaces is often that the worst punishment is removal from the group."
*including psychiatric prisons/"hospitals"
— On Loneliness, by Hannah Baer, white writer and therapist
here is the source for the title of this post, although there are other studies on this subject that i can't find right now. for transparency, i have not read this entire thing. more accessibility disclaimers: its length and language make it inaccessible to many — including me, at this time.