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The Importance of Connection

One day I was sitting on the tandas (that's Malaysian for toilet) and noticed a tiny ant wandering about the bathroom floor. Hmmm...I wondered what a single ant was doing in my bathroom. Weeks later I saw the same ant, still wandering. My mind went wild with questions. How did it get there? Is it lost? Where is its tribe? How is it getting food? How is it even still alive? And, more importantly, is it lonely? I began to feel a little sad for the ant.

We know from animal observation that most are social creatures and experience loneliness. In fact, some have even been known to commit suicide when abandoned, a trait most often found in dogs and cows. Even birds feel loneliness…especially in captivity. And, a study done on carpenter ants revealed those in isolation had a shorter lifespan than ones kept in groups of ten.