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Questioner: How am I to overcome loneliness?
Jiddu Krishnamurti: Can you overcome
loneliness? Whatever you conquer has to be conquered again and again, does
it not? What you understand comes to an end, but that which you conquer can
never come to an end...
Now, what is this loneliness of which most of us are aware? We know it, and
we run away from it, do we not? We take flight from it in every form of
activity. We are empty, lonely, and we are afraid of it, so we try to cover
it up by some means or other - meditation, the search for God, social
activity, the radio, drink, or what you will - we would do anything rather
than face it, be with it, understand it.
Running away is the same, whether we do it through the idea of God, or
through drink. As long as one is escaping from loneliness, there is no
essential difference between the worship of God and addiction to alcohol.
Socially, there may be a difference; but psychologically, the man who runs
away from himself, from his own emptiness, whose escape is his search for
God, is on the same level as the drunkard.
What is important, then, is not to overcome loneliness, but to understand
it, and we cannot understand it if we do not face it, if we do not look at
it directly, if we are continually running away from it...
Source: from book "On Love and Loneliness, Seattle, 6 August 1950" by Jiddu