In packs or herds, when one animal is injured or distressed, their survival instinct is to isolate for the purpose of protecting themselves from becoming prey. Accordingly, the rest of the pack will shun them for their own protection and for the benefit of the pack. As humans we have our own animal instincts, which often don’t serve us well. This is where we have to find the power to fight thru a sickness or depression, when we’re feeling ourselves sliding. Likewise, as a pack, we owe it to those who are going thru it to make ourselves available. And avoid our own instinct to shun them. I’ve recently been on both sides of this and needed to put words to this.
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