The following quote is from Chuck Swindoll’s commentary on Romans.
People don’t generally do well in isolation. Prisoners, hospital patients, people too sick to leave home, fulltime mothers of small children, and lonely retirees often struggle against the deadly effects of isolation. Prolonged seclusion from others and the outside world eventually begins to undermine one’s sense of identity. Isolated people frequently forget that the world is much larger than their immediate environments. They suffer a lack of motivation because their vision is limited. They commonly spiral into a depression fueled by self-pity and hypochondria because their minds have nothing on which to focus beyond themselves.
People need problems to solve and challenges to overcome. We thrive on opportunities to participate in something greater than ourselves. Furthermore, we were created to enjoy relationships with one another, to grow in greater intimacy with our Creator, and to rule as His vice-regents over creation, so that all things exist in perfect harmony with His purposes and reflect His glory (Gen. 1:26-28). But all that can become lost or confused when we spend too much time alone. The debilitating and sometimes deadly effects of isolation can also bring Christian communities to their ruin. They are preoccupied with their own problems and begin to suspect, doubt, blame, and control one another. They become overly concerned with preserving their own identity and soon forget the desperate needs of people in surrounding communities. Isolation muzzles motivation, extinguishes enthusiasm, and ultimately reduces the entire community to a self-induced, self-sustained amnesia. They forget who they are, why
God gave them certain gifts, and what their purpose is in the world.
Timely words for the times in which we now live.