In this Ted Talk, Johann talks about the need for connection and bonding within our societies and the potential to go off rail without it.

He uses a great phrase of “not being present in our own lives” and putting up barriers with the result that as the size of homes and floor space get bigger, we find we have traded this isolation for friends resulting in the loneliest of societies since the 1950s.  When we look around us and realise how many are screen facing and not interacting it’s easy to see his point.


The latest discussion on legalising cannabis in Australia can take some comparison to his point regarding Portugal (from way back) and that the funds used to decriminalise drugs provided jobs and a path to recovery and integration that had not been available on the old “illegal” system.


Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari