Jane Addams on Social Affection

“It is strange that we are so slow to learn that no one can safely live without companionship and affection, that  the individual who tries the hazardous experiment of going without at least one of them is prone to be swamped by a black mood from within.  It is as if we had to build little islands of affection in the vast sea of impersonal forces lest we be overwhelmed by them.” A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil

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