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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse just released a book called Them: Why we hate each other and how to heal. It's a fantastic book that diagnoses what ails us and how to restore our societal health. Sasse points out that we are more affluent than ever. We live in bigger homes, have more cars and more money for leisure pursuits. Yet many people still feel empty. We also have technology like cell phones and social media which allows us to easily connect. Yet we are more disconnected from each other and our communities than ever before. Participation in church life and civic organizations have decreased. While at the same time anxiety and loneliness have increased. In fact, loneliness is the biggest public health crisis in our nation. Many are looking to political solutions, but Sasse reminds us that ours is a much deeper problem than politics can solve.


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