Fear of lonliness is one of the strongest passions in human behaviour
that's my finding too, regardless I'm striving for understanding freedom.
please find my thoughts below:
The state of being solitary scares many humans. But only if they aren't lonely at the moment.
In fact, humans are not asocial by design, so the prolonged solitude is rather a choose, and not the fate.
Nevertheless humans mind is confusing most probable reality with imagined, prolonged solitude created by anxiety related to loneliness and unknown.
How it's working?
"I do not want being alone" says herd instinct.
"I do fear of unknown" accompanies mob conformity worm.
"No one wants me" whispers low self-respect worse part of ego.
These three forces support each other and gaining solitude up to the dread level. But a dread is like back seat driver, that causes the worst decisions are taken. Decisions which aim is just conserving by all means the current world, even if it's not worth of that.
The time wasted on observation of prolonged collapse of the world is best time for change, self development, a chance to focus on something, that would rebuild a new, better reality.