People come to London to be loosely connected

Some people come to London to be loosely connected to people. It has long been recognized that London is a city where it is possible to be connected to people without commitment or obligation. In such a diverse, large and fluid city, apathetic social interaction is the norm, you can if you wish spending your whole life hooking up, meeting for a coffee, with, and to paraphrase Morrisey, people who don’t care whether you live or die. People who come to London to be loosely connected include those who come from places where people are tightly-knit, and where the obligaitons and expectations placed upon that person are not appreciated. In this sense people come to London to break free of the identification, classification, expectation, obligation and treatment they received at the hands of those they lived with in the place they moved from. Other people who come to London to be loosely connected to people include those who do not fit in at all to the tight-knit community that they are from, i.e. they are shunned and excluded. Such people may not be capable or able to form tight-knit relationships, but they feel the light touch nature of much of London’s social relationships is something they can achieve and will give them some degree of feeling connected to be people and alleviate the feelings of loneliness.

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