Happy Fourth of July !!!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers;

Good morning. Today we celebrate the Fourth of July in our Unique United States of America (UUSA)  remembering July 4th. 1776 when the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, cutting ties with Great Britain.

After emigrating to this country in 1982, we have been working tirelessly in our medical profession, and also our literary career in the past few years as well. to build a home for our children and leave an honorable legacy of our passing through our Planet Earth.

Note . Soldiers of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) march in formation during the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Washington, Jan. 21st, 2013. Taken from Wikimedia Commons.

Thank you for giving us the privilege of working, studying and raising a nice family in this Unique United States of America (UUSA)

Happy Fourth of July to all our fellow American citizens !!!

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You are welcome, President Joe Biden !!!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday we discovered a letter in our mail stack that somehow had been overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the pile. How preposterous! It was a thank you letter graciously written by none other than President Joseph Biden himself on October 26, 2021 , which arrived at approximately the time of our birthday on November 5th, 2021.

In Mid- October we had sent several copies of our book duly dedicated and signed to some notables in this country and abroad. We felt that thanks to the efforts of the Biden/Harris administration, we had been able to get the Pfizer vaccines on time, sparing us from certain Death if we had been infected in the street or taking care of our patients.

President Biden starts his letter like this: ” Thank you for sending such a thoughtful gift. I greatly appreciate the warm welcome you and so many of our fellow Americans have extended to me and my family.”

Then he proceeds to explain why we have to set aside our differences to face challenges. What really moved us was that he seemed to have picked up a concept that we used in our letter. We told him that we were proud to live in the Unique United States of America. He said: “If we look ahead in our uniquely American way and set our sights on the Nation we know we can be, we will meet this moment.” If I am dreaming, please don’t wake me up.

He finished his missive by thanking us again for our gift. And he expressed a personal wish. “I look forward to writing the next great chapter in the American story with you.”

Count with us, President Joseph Biden to keep working for the greatness of the UUSA.

Thank you for that fabulous birthday gift that you sent us last November.

Note. Vice-President Kamala Harris has not sent us a thank you note yet. Women !!!

God Bless the Unique United States of America!!!

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Happy Father’s Day

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon, Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day to all of you wherever you are. Today in the USA we celebrate the man who has, together with our mother, given us the Gift of Life. Even though you departed almost ten years ago, we remember you Papá Mario in our morning prayers and in our professional careers of physician and writer, both of which were supported by you. Not only you supported us financially and timely in our big endeavors, but you lived all the convoluted paths with great excitement and joy. We still remember that day in March 1974 when we sat down in the Auditorium of the Medical School of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata to register for studies. You took over the paperwork and filled all of it. Suddenly you laughed heartily and said: “You are supposed to do this, not me…Ha…Ha…Ha.”

This picture was taken in the rooftop restaurant of the Victoria Plaza Hotel of Montevideo in 1992. It shows from left to right, our daughter Noël Marie, our Father Mario and Yours Truly.

Muchas gracias Viejo Querido!!! Te quiero muchissimo y te extraño como loco todos los dias.

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Superstitious American Presidents-Part II

Continuing our previous article on superstitious POTUS, we discuss the following:

IV—Ronald Reagan

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan suffered an assassination attempt near the White House that almost cost him his life. When he was referred to George Washington University Hospital, the physicians at the Emergency Room could not find his wound and he was bleeding to death. Fortunately, there was an intern who had served in the Vietnam War and recognized a tiny, jagged slit on the side of his chest as the entry wound (there was no exit wound) Reagan barely made it that day.

Note. This image of President Ronald Reagan was taken from Wikimedia Images.

Some days later, Merv Griffin (a TV entertainer, and media mogul) who was also a longtime friend of Nancy Reagan, called her and told her that his San Francisco astrologer had identified March 30 as a dangerous day for her much beloved Ronni. Nancy Reagan hung up and immediately called Joan Quigley, the astrologer. They immediately connected so well that Nancy decided to hire her for her counsel. She was not an ignoramus. As the daughter of a hotel owner, she lived in the tony Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco and was educated at Vassar College. She had published two books on Astrology and appeared on TV.

President Ronald Reagan considered this attempt as a wakeup call to pursue an aggressive social reform agenda domestically and to push the Soviet Union for its extinction. In the featured image of this article we show you the sarcastic mural of a left-over section of the Berlin Wall that our son Gian Luca took here years ago. But Nancy was totally submerged in gloom and bad thoughts, which tortured her. Ronald Reagan had his own amulet: lucky cufflinks, miniature gold calendar pages that marked their wedding date with purple stones. Nancy wanted to keep Quigley with a retainer fee and pay her by the hour: the astrologer demanded a U$3000 retainer fee (U$9000 at today’s valuation of the currency) and to be paid by the hour.

In a comprehensive New York Post article, Mary Kay Linge said: “The two spoke on weekends, when the Reagans relaxed at Camp David. Nancy gave Quigley the president’s proposed schedules—a stunning security breach—and the astrologer designated good and bad days for travel and public events. Soon she was weighing in on political questions too, like the most auspicious date for a State of the Union address.” In 1985 Quigley ran the astral chart of the incoming Soviet Union’s First Secretary  Mikhail Gorbachev and compared it to President Reagan’ s one: she found that there were “good vibes” between them. To cover this backstage maneuvering , there had to be an enabler: Michael Deaver, one of the three closest Reagan’s aides.

Before the President’s schedule was set, it had to be screened and vetted by the Astrologer Quigley and Nancy Reagan herself, while James Baker, Chief of Staff, looked the other way. This went on for the rest of Reagan’s first presidency. The second term brought Donald Regan as Secretary of the Treasure and he disliked Nancy Reagan. From day one, she plotted to have him fired and, after the Iran-Contra affair came to public light, she got her chance. As vengeance, he authored a book where he exposed the workings of Astrologer Quigley. Nancy’s reputation plunged in the public view, but she was never apologetic for defending her husband like that.

V—Barack Obama

The 44th President of the United States believed, since he first appeared in the Chicago political scene, that he had to shoot basketball hoops before any election. He confirmed that when he did not do it, like in Primaries held New Hampshire and Nevada, he lost badly to his opponents. He quickly reverted to his old superstitious habit before the Primaries of Iowa and South Carolina, which he handily won.

Note. This image of President Barack Obama was taken from Wikimedia Images.

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Resolutely, Resiliently Working from Home

-“Doctor…Our bosses pretend to put the genie back into the bottle—too late.”

Dianne X. is a successful, qualified professional of the Commercial Real estate industry that has been working in a hybrid form for two years already. Out of the blue she received a memo last week that all personnel should report back to the office in July. She has earned her right to work from home three days per week and only report to the office two days to attend meetings, courses, train the rookies and show properties. She has voiced her opposition to management’s Orwellian demand  to give up her hard-earned privilege and she has received the solidarity of many of her colleagues.

If the myopic honchos, that fill the top-heavy management of Corporate America, harbor the illusion that they can corral all women back into their holding pens, they got a Big Surprise coming their way.

There is a significant difference between the concept of Home Office and Working from Home, which most of us have been practicing even before the pandemic struck. In order to engage in a Home Office set-up you need two elements to play:

  1. Specialized equipment for use at your residence and good connectivity.
  2. Focused strategy to maximize your efficiency while working alone.

What most people did doing the pandemic is much more modest proposition dubbed as Working from Home, which only entailed basic equipment and enthusiasm. But slowly and steadily the “home-stayers” learned daily, with its difficulties, how to work and produce meaningful results for their employers while being at home. Slowly a culture of trust spawned as the employees learned that it was in their best interests to keep the wheels of commerce running to the satisfaction of employers. The traditional bureaucratic arrangements in companies sought to control the employees by always “keeping an eye” on their subjects’ use of time. However, that tight supervision never prevented employees to check their personal emails at work, spending took much time at the water cooler to gossip and to stealthily take time off.

Moreover some people were never comfortable in the office settings to begin with. Minorities and Women may feel “out of place” in an environment still largely run by older white men that have a tough time understanding their very special needs. Individuals with young children at home love the idea of sharing parenting duties. To dispel the widely held belief that people working from home are loafers that use paid time to engage in personal activities and not the business of the corporations, a recent study showed that individuals working at home spend on average 48 more minutes per day on their work duties. Freed from the travails of grooming themselves and enduring large commuting times to their offices, they are much more efficient.

An interesting phenomenon dubbed as Nightshift means that when dinner is ready at your home, you interrupt your work for an hour to share the meal with your family. But oftentimes, the employees do not go with their kindred to watch a Netflix series at the living room and instead eagerly resume their tasks at their working stations.

If any of these so called Masters of the Universe harbor any illusion that they can just crack the whip like in the good old times (before the pandemic) and millions of ladies doing a delicate balancing act by combining work and family needs in a hybrid work environment, will stand up in attention like a meerkat family in the Serengeti plains…well, they are in for the rudest awakening of their lives. Instead of hoarding more mola, you should date more ladies. Or you can make it easier for your limited manly brains and read our new book Emotional  Frustration – the Hushed Plague to gently, slowly imbibe your underdeveloped minds with the secret workings of the feminine psyche.

Wake up, you dummies!!!

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Superstitious American Presidents – Part I

Many American Presidents had harbored some superstitious beliefs of various kinds. However, there are five that prominently stand out: William McKinley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. Here are their stories:

I—William McKinley

When McKinley, the 25th President of our dearest Unique United Sates of America (UUSA) was inaugurated for the first time on March 4, 1897, he immediately had two security booths removed form the front lawn of the White House. He liked to walk unaccompanied in the adjoining park every morning; his concerned family and friends obliged him to allow one Secret Service officer to shadow him. He was so popular that he was easily re-elected for a second term and was inaugurated again on March 4, 1901. But by that time the War with Spain had provoked a massive hysteria in the country and there were several threats against McKinley’s integrity.

Note. This picture of President William S. McKinley was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

When he was initially invited tp the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, in September 1901, his secretary took it out twice from his schedule; until McKinley ordered him to arrange for his appearance, this time with two additional Secret Service agents. The day was nice and there was an adoring crowd to greet him in Buffalo, which put POTUS in a particularly good, relaxed mood; moreover, he was wearing his “good luck carnation” on his lapel, offering him “protection.”

When a cute 12-year-old girl called Myrtle Ledger stepped forward and asked for his carnation, he resolutely took it off his lapel and gave it to her, saying: “I must give this flower to another little flower.” A few minutes later, a 24-year-old Polish Anarchist called Leon Czolgosz approached him with a bandage covering his right hand. Upon seeing the bandage McKinley shook his left hand instead, which gave Czolgosz the chance to use the concealed weapon under his bandage. He shot the President twice and was reduced by his security detail before shooting for a third time. As he was collapsing, the kindhearted McKinley said; “May God forgive him.”

McKinley was admitted to a hospital for emergency abdominal surgery, which went very well; but in that pre-antibiotic era, his physicians could not treat his gangrene. Before passing away, McKinley said: “Good-bye, all, good-bye. It is God’s way. His will be done.” He exhaled at 2.15 AM on September 14th, 1901, holding the hand of his beloved wife, Ida McKinley. He was the third American President to be assassinated in only 36 years.

II—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

From an early age, Roosevelt suffered from triskaidekaphobia, i.e. aversion to the number 13, considered bad luck in most Western Societies as it marked the day that the Knight Templars’ hierarchy was burned at the stake by the French King Philippe II on Friday, October 13, 1307—an event we had narrated in a previous article. Roosevelt insisted on never having thirteen guests for dinner, on travelling on the thirteenth day of the month, stopping at the thirteenth floor of any building, etc.

Note. This image of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

III—Harry S. Truman

When Harry S. Truman, the 33rd American President, arrived in the Oval Office of the White House, he immediately hung his lucky horseshoe on the back of its door.

Note. This image of President Harry S. Truman was taken from Wikimedia Images.

We will continue this discussion in Superstitious American Presidents—Part II.

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Physician and Nurse Burn-out – Part XVII. Post-Pandemic Blues

After all the previous pandemics that affected Humankind, there has always been a trove of physical and mental health sequelae for the involved caregivers. But the COVID-19 pandemic has  been especially taxing for the nurses, physicians, technicians, auxiliary personnel, etc., of the treating health care institutions. Now that the pandemic seems to be easing off, or at least become an endemic process, the Public Health and Health Care administration experts are reviewing the data and comparing it to previous pandemics and their aftermath. Rachel Schwartz reviewed 97 articles addressing the clinical mental health problems in COVID 19 and other pandemics. They found 7 major themes:

  1. Need for resilience and stress reduction training
  2. Provide clinicians’ basic needs (food, drink, adequate rest, quarantine-appropriate housing, transportation, childcare, personal protective gear)
  3. Importance of specialized training for pandemic-induced changes in job roles.
  4. Recognition and clear communication from leadership.
  5. Acknowledgement of and strategies for addressing moral injury.
  6. The need for peer and special support interventions.
  7. Normalization and provision of mental health support programs.

The authors emphasize that administrative cadres in health care institutions must take a pro-active support of physicians and nurses as they are known to be very reluctant to seek clinical support on time and they usually relegate their own needs.

Note. This US Navy recruiting poster from World War II was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

In an American Medical Association (AMA) news release, Jennifer Lubell informed us: “Fallout from Hurricane Ida and the COVID-19 pandemic led to the high levels of burnout and post-traumatic stress disorders among employees if Ochsner Health. But help is on the way. Armed with 2.9 million in federal funds, the large Louisiana-based health system plans to breathe new life into its workforce through seven evidence-based wellness programs.” They are:

  1. Johnson and Johnson Resilience Training: aims to protect mental and physical health of employees and deliver good health outcomes.
  2. Personal Leadership Program: aims to support senior leaders, physicians, nonphysicians clinicians in their professional advancement initiatives.
  3. Peer Resilience Program: supports those promising employees with well-defined practical protocols that they can use to face adverse situations.
  4. Institute for HealthCare Improvement: this program is especially directed at nursing personnel, and we discussed it in our article about Nurse Turn-Over.
  5. Cabana by Even Health: it allows staff to share challenges, successes, and strategies for addressing health care providers’ concerns.
  6. Schwartz Rounds: allows professionals to have regularly scheduled times to discuss critical issues in their organizations.
  7. Employee Assistance Programs: include departments where issues ranging from labor, family, financial, drug addiction and alcohol, divorce, etc. are discussed to help the employees.

One of the most contentious issues in the care of professional cadres is their aversion to reveal their mental health problems to colleagues and superiors alike for fear of “some social censure” or its impact in their advancement prospects. For that reason, the Cabana project has the possibility for concerned individuals to create an avatar that would mask their identities while they are participating in group therapy under the direction of a licensed behavioral health specialist.

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Symbology in Tarot—Major Arcana Part XI

Today we are discussing “Judgement” and “The World.”

XX—Judgement

This card shows the Archangel Gabriel blowing his trumpet to announce  Big Change. He is calling on all mortals to raise from their graves to face the Final Judgement. We see naked men, women and children rising from their resting places, arms outstretched and looking up into the sky. The mountain range in the background represents not only the unsurmountable obstacles we find in our lives, but also the impossibility of avoiding judgement in them. Meg Hayertz said: “By card 20 in the Fool’s journey of the Major Arcana, we have experienced nearly every major type of human experience. We are now able to accept a higher calling.” This card can represent a rite of passage but also the possibility that you are asked to make a critical judgement call at work, college, family, associations, etc. Temperance and Star reinforce the Judgement’s call for release and cleansing. The number 20 represents unity and reconciliation; the number 2 represents critical equilibrium and choice. Its astrological association is Pluto, the planet influencing profound transformations.

Upright Judgement

When this card appears, there ae two great possibilities. They are:

  1. Embrace a Higher level of Consciousness: you must rise to the occasion.
  2. Engage in a Life Changing Decision: you must recur to your Intuition and Intellect.

Biddy Tarot said: “You have reviewed and evaluated your past experiences and have learned from them. All the pieces of the puzzle of your life are coming together to form one unified picture of your life story. This integration has healed deep wounds, and you can now put the past behind you…This purging process will leave you refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.” You must also find spiritual comfort by sharing your experiences with others to support them in moments of need.

Reversed Judgement

This card calls for a period of pause and reflection. The Universe is calling you for a Higher Mission, but you are not listening to it. It could be that you are not willing to bear the sacrifices any major transformation entails or that you want to play it safe. Any major change in our personal or social parameters, is a little traumatic in the beginning, to say the least. But if you do not move, you risk exposing yourself to forces that will be out of control. You Inner Voice is talking to you loud and clear.

Note. This reproduction of Botticelli’s L’Annunziazione di Cestello was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

Philosophical significance

The Archangel Gabriel blows the trumpet to announce the return of God to Earth. In the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) this angel appears in their holy books. In the Hebrew Bible, he appeared to the prophet Daniel to express his views; together with the Archangel Gabriel, they protect the Land of Israel. In the Gospel of Luke, we find the story of the Annunciation: Gabriel appears to Zachariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. In the Quran, God sends Gabriel to meet many prophets, including Muhammad. The fact that this angel appears here gives more relevance to the message of change.

XXI—The World

This card shows a naked woman wrapped only with a purple cloth, dancing inside a laurel wreath, glancing sideways at The Past, but resolutely moving to The Future. She has two wands in her hands, representing a process that had started with the Magician and will end up in The World. The circular wreath represents a continuous cycle of completion and new beginnings. There are four cardinal figures in each corner: a lion, a bull, a cherub, and an eagle. They represent the four fixed signs of the Zodiac: Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio respectively. They also represent the Four Elements and Tarot’s Compass points.

Upright World

When this card appears, it means that a long-term project, i.e. a work project, a college degree, a partnership, etc., has come to fruition and it is time to celebrate. You are feeling satisfied with your great achievement, and it is time to celebrate. But do not get carried away by just rejoicing on your success. Do not rush forth yet. It is also time to reflect on your difficult journey and to rightly express your gratitude. Remember that there were many people that have supported you in so many ways. Not only look back to celebrate and express gratitude, but also tie any loose ends. It is dangerous moment too as you might lose focus and start goofing around. Beware.

Reversed World

You are seeking some kind of closure in a very personal issue. You must let go of the past and move on with our life. After some personal tragedy, to achieve an efficient closure requires a very personal touch; there are usually no ready-made formulas. In order to fulfill a big task you must segment your pathway and accomplish your planned objectives in a succession of small steps, one at a time. We do remember a poster that we had watched several years ago in the Argentine School of New York that stated: “There are no shortcuts for life’s greatest achievements.” For an unusually big project, you must prepare yourself to work hard and make many sacrifices; do not try to take the easiest pathway because it may be riddled with traps. But once you reach you major goal, you will feel an immense sense of fulfillment.

Philosophical significance

There are many representations of Women at the Top of the Universe but almost none In the Center of it. For a detailed discussion of this subject, we urge you to read our new book Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague where we fully tackle it.

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Being very young and very lonely in France part II

We are continuing our discussion about Loneliness in the Young French citizenry.

Based on their individual and familiar evolution, the researchers distinguished four basic types of profiles. They are:

I—Inhibited Lonely people

These youngsters have encountered problems during childhood (family or school violence) and suffer of loneliness. Their early isolation has hampered their ability to develop lasting relationships of trust. Defiantly, they only care to have a few friends, and they usually cannot rely on their families. Their primary objective is to access an independent status (employment, lodging, mobility) which is a prerequisite for their social integration.

II—Resigned Lonely people

These youngsters had the same harmful conditioning stimuli than the first group, but their plight extended into early adulthood for which they recoiled into their inner sanctum, i.e. their nuclear families. Safely cocooned there, they seem not to suffer from their isolation, which is of paramount importance for their sense of well-being. They strive to maintain the equilibrium in their family bonding.

III—Assumed Lonely people

These youngsters do not suffer the crippling conditioning in their childhood but when entering their early adult age, they voluntarily decide, for professional, familiar, or geographic reasons, to limit the physical interaction in their friendly network. They feel fine with their arrangements to “have friendship at a distance.”

IV—Wounded Lonely people

These young people were first exposed to loneliness in their early adulthood when they face failure in their studies, work, marriage, etc. They feel “en décalage” vis-à-vis their pairs and believe that they lost friends due to their real or imagined failures. Retreating into the safety of a solid core of vetted friends, they hope to make a comeback after they have resolved their issues and are ready to meet new people.

The terrible worldwide SARS-Cov-2 pandemic, and its associated Social Isolation, for the past two years has significantly compounded the loneliness situation of young people all over the globe, including the more developed societies like France. In an article dated December 7, 2021, Axelle Davezac, General Director of the Fondation de France wrote: “The Public Health crisis has shaken our daily lives, our projects, our relationships with other people. For a year already, another epidemic has stealthily diffused: the loneliness, which hits one person over four. And the youngsters were not spared, as 21% of them have come across a situation of isolation in 2021, and a third of young people claim that they feel alone quite frequently.” Precisely at the very same early age where the cardinal sociability rules and tenets of material independence are cemented, two protracted years of Social Isolation have hit the 15 to 30 years old-age group. She claimed that 21% of young people were in a situation of compromised relationships due to isolation, more than nine points than data from one year before. The quality of their relationships with their entourage had degraded during this period, ushering a feeling of loneliness quite pronounced; one third of the French youngsters said that they usually felt alone, twelve points more than the median for the French population at large.

Note. This reproduction of Toulouse Lautrec’s Une amie de Suzanne Valedon was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

There are two major post-pandemic digital concerns for Very Young People:

I—La peur du décrochage

Many young people in their formative years are experiencing the fear of becoming disconnected, either because access to fast Internet services is often expensive in our societies or they have a tough time to buy the needed software and applications. They feel as if anytime, unexpectedly, a sinister hand could “pull the plug” of their connectivity and leave them totally stranded in the digital pathways of Life.

II—L’angoisse de l’écran

She also had some troubling words for all those that had to endure the attendance of study and college courses through web connections, without any physical interaction with their fellow students and teachers for months on end. She said: “But the anguish has also invaded all those who, alone in front of their screens have experienced growing difficulties to self-motivate, to grasp the content of the courses, to establish contacts with their fellow students and teachers.”

We will continue discussing these critical issues in articles soon to be uploaded.

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Being very young and very lonely in France part I

-“Doctor…Scores of great Parisian girls feel miserably alone like me—we need much more gorgeous men like you to rescue us.”

Alina X. is a knockout blonde-blue eyed Slavic young woman who, through her sheer business acumen and manifold efforts, became the owner of a luxury fashion store in the most coveted neighborhood of Paris: le 16th arrondissement, where rich people live and play. We met her last week because she saw our humble profile in a dating app and contacted us for friendship and … je ne sais pas quoi. When we read her personal summary, we could not believe our eyes. When we started chatting, she quickly “spilled the beans” on moi. She told us that her case of romantic loneliness is not an isolated one as there are thousands upon thousands of gorgeous Parisian ladies that cannot find a suitable partner due to men’s proverbial imbecility and sickly obsession with sex. We suggested to her to read our new book  Emotional Frustration – the Hushed Plague.

Note. This reproduction of Marcel Dega’s L’Absynthe was taken from Wikimedia Images.

By Edgar Degas – Google Art Project: Home – pic Maximum resolution., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20303082

One of the signs that there might be something afoot in La Ville Lumière is the considerable number of beautifully manicured dogs and cats that you see paraded by their young owners. As for lonely individuals (and not couples)  in New York City and other large American cities, it usually comes down to an empirical rule of thumb (similar in its smart crudeness to the one women used for ages inversely linking the cylinder potency of a guy’s car and the size of his penis)

Show me how far you go to prep your doggie and I will guess how empty your Romancing attic is.

By some accounts, almost half of the Parisian population, are now living without a sentimental partner. How can this be? A study by the Fondation de France has shed some light on this issue.

 Commissioned by the above-mentioned foundation, the Centre de Recherche pour l’Étude et l’Observation des Conditions de Vie (CREDOC) conducted in 2017 a survey of French citizens aged 15 to 30 years old to find the causes and incidence of loneliness in this age group. In this humongous survey, 18% of the individuals aged 15 to 30 years were interviewed to ascertain their objective situation regarding their social isolation and vulnerability. They can only count on one social network (12%) or none (6%) These individuals have scant social interactions and very limited ones with their families, friends, neighbors, associated members, professionals, college or schools, etc. They found that 1, 4 million of young Frenchmen and Frenchwomen have only one social network and 700,000 have none at all. There are four levels:

I—Friendship level

It is the very first level of sociability for humans. They found that 77% of individuals aged 15-30 years old (60% of all the French individuals with a similar age) develop this kind of sociability. 65% of individuals aged 15-30 years old develop dense contacts with family members that do not live with them (47% of French individuals of similar age)

II – Neighborly level

Contrary to popular lore that assumes that lonely young people do not talk with their neighbors, they found that 49% of the 15-30 years old do have regularly engaged exchanges with their neighbors.

III – Associative level

They found that a large number (40%) have a high level of participation in social institutions, including political parties, charity organizations, clubs, etc.

IV—Labor and Study level

One in two individuals aged 15 to 30 years old socialize outside their work or college environments with their colleagues. They found that 79% of the students aged 15 to 30 years old have social contact with their fellow students outside the classrooms.

In the 15 to 30 years old there is paradoxically more social isolation for the young adults than for the younger members of the group. There are four reasons:

  1. Absence of family Life and Sentimental Bonding. They found that 39% of young individuals aged 15 to 30 years old live less frequently with family members (against 46% of the greener individuals) and have less romantic bonding (20% against 35% of the greener individuals)
  2. Degraded lodging and transport privileges. They found that only 53% of Isolated young adults in that group are satisfied their lodging arrangements, compared to 63% of the younger members of this group. Only 45% of Isolated young adults are satisfied with their transportation arrangements compared with 53% of the younger members of that age group.
  3. Lower level of studies. They found that 13% of the isolated young adults have a college degree against only 8% of the younger members of their group.
  4. Higher level of unemployment. They found that 22% of the isolated young adults are unemployed compared to 12% of the younger members.
  5. Lower incidence of alcohol and cannabis consumption. They found that 36% of the isolated young adults do not consume alcohol compared to only 23% of the younger members; 85% of the isolated young adults do not consume cannabis against 79% of the younger members.
  6. Addiction to the little screens. They found that there is s higher incidence of this addiction in the younger members, with more than fours per day on average.

Based on this data they divided the isolated French 15 to 30 years-old in four groups, which are extremely relevant for individuals in other modern societies as well. Do not miss Part II of this article. We will discuss these four groups and the different value assigned to their failures.

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