When the comfort of touch is absent, how do we hold one another?
"Touch is the most intelligent sense as it is the most sensitive," Aristotle pronounced. Now, as human contact becomes a scarce & precious resource, it's value intensifies. The need to be touched is the most primal, that all beings, humans and animals, require to survive.
As we grapple with losing touch, perhaps comfort can be found in the heightened perceptiveness our other senses develop. A voice speaking softly into your ear on the phone gains new intimacy. We all become teenagers from a pre-digital age spending hours curled up talking to friends on a phone.
The greatest intelligence may be that we will always find our way to connect from the heart.