April 30, 2020

What can we learn from nature about isolation and loneliness?

Sophie Penman, 20

Imagine a field of a thousand sunflowers. While each sunflower must synthesise the elements independently of one another, the field is still lit up by the same sun and watered by the same rain, so the process of growth is collective. However, uproot a single sunflower and confine it to the walls of the supermarket or a vase on the windowsill, and its petals will soon fade and wither. Human beings similarly rely on one another for companionship and growth, yet we too have been isolated from the world outside and ripped away from normality. Despite the difficulties ahead, sunflower is a reminder that by confiding in nature and in those around us, we can better conceptualise our own feelings of alienation and loneliness.

Sunflower, Song