We need others to bring us back into the comity of human life. This appears to have been the final lesson for me—to appreciate someone‚Äôs embrace not as forgiveness or as an amicable judgment but as an acknowledgment that, from time to time, private life becomes brutally hard for every one of us, and that without one another, without some sort of community, the nightmare is prone to lurk, waiting for an opening.

Barry Lopez, “Sliver of Sky: Confronting the Trauma of Sexual Abuse”