Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
From a king sitting in a palace to a head of a government, loneliness can be an ever-present state of consciousness. Like those who rule, loneliness is also present in the lives of those whom one might not suspect of feeling such loneliness: people who are married or in a significant relationship may also feel loneliness; those whose lives are surrounded by many people through family or social ties, as well as business or career ties, may also feel the presence of loneliness. Perhaps only those who consider themselves loners seem immune to loneliness—yet even they will experience periods or cycles of loneliness.
It could certainly be said, then, that all situations that would seem to be barriers to loneliness are ineffectual to its presence—be it power, fame, fortune, or other manners of worldly cures against feeling that one is isolated or disconnected from even those who would seem closest.