We have reached a hastier and superficial rhythm,
now that we believe we are in touch
with a greater amount of people,
This is the illusion which might cheat us of
being in touch deeply
with the one breathing right next to us.
The dangerous time
when mechanical voices, radios, telephone,
take the place of human intimacies,
and the concept of
being in touch with millions
brings a greater and greater poverty
in intimacy and human vision.
--Anais Nin, in 1972