This is no surprise to you, to me, to God.
But something that would help is if people started really putting down roots -- not just living in their homes shut off from the rest of the world -- but really becoming part of their communities. People shut up in their homes are like boats on the ocean with miles between boats. How can they help each other? How can they get to know each other?
What happens instead is we superficially know about someone and think we know them. This creates resentment and jealousy and opinions that have no basis in fact.
This is what happens in the media -- and if you spend time watching a lot of news you get sucked into it too. We think we know people because we hear them talk and we see them on the TV and one group fights against this group and on and on and on. None of that is from God. We aren't to fight against other people. Read Ephesians 6 if you don't believe me. We are in this world are for reconciliation between people and God.
Did you know tree roots never stop growing (if they started growing in the first place)? It takes time and good watering to establish roots but when they are established even cutting the tree down isn't a guarantee the roots will die. It takes a lot to kill the roots of an established tree.
Roots take in nutrients from the soil, from the earth, from the place the tree is planted.
"Bloom where you are planted" is an old saying but a good one.
We can't produce fruit and see change in our communities if we aren't part of them.
"And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, And is leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:3
And we won't care if we do or not if we don't know the people in our community, if we don't have any interaction with our neighbors.
God wants us to be established trees in our worlds. Fruit trees will continue to bear fruit for years, decades even. And when age takes the tree the roots will keep producing shoots -- think on that. If we are real integral parts of our communities, even when death takes us our lives will still be affecting our worlds!
Granted, it is a whole lot easier to sit in our homes and not know anyone. And sometimes we need that break from the world. BUT, if that is all we do, we are missing out on life. We are just existing. There's so much more waiting for us.