Loneliness--Aloneness-- comes about by being unseen, or, seen and unaccepted, for who we are. Too many of us hide, conceal, mask, deny who we are in order to avoid the isolation of being rejected and labeled "Unacceptable." I make it a part of my practice to see and accept people for who they are, how they are, when they are, where they are, why they are. The gift of recognition/acceptance is a powerful affirmation that we belong just as we are, and is a reminder to everyone who is capable of being reminded that the Buddha came as "one this come," and Jesus spoke of himself as "the son of man," that is to say, "one of you," "a plain, ordinary, human being who is nothing special by any reckoning"-- and said, "Inasmuch as you have done it, or failed to do it, to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done it, or failed to do it, unto me!" What made the Buddha and Jesus the Buddha and Jesus is the same thing that makes you, you, and me, me. And, anybody who doesn't know, or care, about that, is afraid--or ashamed-- of being who they are. A terrible, tragic, sad, thing to be afraid, or ashamed, of. Do your part in turning the light around by seeing and accepting, affirming and celebrating, who you look at-- and look, smiling, at everyone, unless doing so puts you in harm's way (And that, too, is a stigma upon who we have become as a culture, a world).