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four givens

Dr. Irvin Yalom describes that there are four givens human beings will inevitability experience throughout our lifetimes and it is argued that isolation is the source of anxiety. As we grow, many of us face the tension of becoming an individual: arriving at one’s individualization and discovering a separation inside that fusion, creating a space for doubt. Social media, a night out to town are various ways of comfort, and yet, humans can’t envision that continued fusion to others can influence a loss of self.

These given experiences are a display of something we share as part of the human race. No matter what part of the world we may be in or our roles in society, it is a reality that we will be confronted with isolation, freedom, death, and insignificance at some point in our lives. These images provide individuals a ground for self reflection, a moment to cultivate discussion on stressful topics, and encouragement to look seek improvement.