CAPTURED BY THE SINGULARITY
The word “singularity” is used to describe something singular or unique. But the more you are unique, the more alone you are.
Caught in the city, people suddenly felt the problem of loneliness. Partly due to this we have made social networks.
In the Bible tradition there are two concepts of non-existence: the relative, as shapeless being, and absolute ontological emptiness, meon. Similarly, and loneliness can be a relative and absolute.
With the first we can do something, change our character, habits, and establish social relations. Jean Renoir said about social loneliness, that it is grateful, but empty and non-existent problem. We put ourselves in the emptiness, filled with ghosts of our past.
But we can do nothing with our absolute, deep loneliness. Because no one can be with us till the very end. To be always with me, one should take all my experience, become me. The top of this Singularity is death, which is known to be a lonely business. (Bradbury).
In the former times loneliness had been glorified as a special way of self-knowledge (transcentalists, Ralph Waldo Emerson), or perceived as eternal human fate and curse (Sartre).
I just want to realize it, as an integral part of our experience, and forgive myself for my loneliness, how have I forgiven myself for my mortality. Holy Siluan retained for us an excellent formula: hold your mind in hell, and not fall into despair. Calm down, you alone and already dead. So what else to fear?