Rugged Individualism: The Root of America’s Loneliness Epidemic

The truth is, we need each other. The problem is, we don’t like to admit it.

Kathleen Murphy
Wise & Well
Published in
7 min readApr 9, 2024

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The Lone Ranger. The Marlboro Man. John Wayne. Clint Eastwood.

These are just a few classic characters supporting America’s saga of rugged individualism — the story of heroic loners who suck it up, take…

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Kathleen Murphy
Wise & Well

Health writer and essayist offering insights into physical and emotional wellness and successful aging. Subscribe: https://kathleenamurphy.medium.com/subscribe