Togetherness and Aloneness

We feel entitled to distinguish between being lonely and being alone. Not everyone who is lonely is alone. And not everyone who is alone will feel lonely. Whereas being alone does not appear to be something bad from such point of view, being lonely is a condition that most of us consider to be depressing. From a social point of view, however, being alone in turn appears to be depressing, since living in a society is normally understood as being together with others. Yet do we need to consider the state of being alone as something that must be avoided? Should we not try to cultivate both the state of being together and the state of being alone? And wouldn’t this be something else than cultivating individualism?