I think some of the stories about Louis CK’s riff Conan O’Brien’s show on smartphones are wrong. He hates what they’ve made us become, and how we tend to use things–and people–to salve our loneliness and sadness. And we’ll do whatever it takes to fight off those two monsters.
And I’ll go further. I’d argue that Louis CK is making the same point that Pema Chodron has made, about resting in the middle of sadness and loneliness, i.e.: it’s ok to feel both.
We fight solitude with everything we’ve got, when soltiude could be a good friend.