Lonely is a state of depression from the lack of support and respect of others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4i__DI07Nw
Sometimes killing a person's integrity is murder. How do you prove mental damage? Mental health is probably one of the most overlooked areas of science of a modern civilized nation.
Thanks for the link Steph, I scanned thru some of it. I have a dog and cat. I do believe I need them too.
That is true Mr. M -- at some level we are all lonely. I happen to be a loner anyway -- I'm an Introvert. But being an Atheist -- does make things harder -- when you try to relate to other people.