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I started to write this post on 5 December 2014, a couple of weeks before I spontaneously tried to kill myself. I originally titled it “I have a lot of problems, but loneliness is the worst problem”. It was too painful for me to do more than collect these references: I only wrote one short comment on them. In the last two years, I’ve wanted to finish writing it, but I never had the emotional strength to merely view what I had drafted. I opened it, and published it, today because this website will die in a few days, which I plan to explain in a different post.
Man is by nature a political [i.e., social: English, “political” from Latin polis, “city; the people of a city”] animal. And he who by nature and not by mere accident is without a state, is either a bad man or above humanity.
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But he who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Aristotle, Politics, Book One, Part II (350 BCE).
I am not a god; I still need–and want–to be with other people, so I am not a beast.
I am what I am because of who we all are.