I disagree. Isolation in some variation is essential to any religion where introspection is predominant. Buddhism, muslim, islam, Hindu et cetera all have a profound belief in ONENESS with god, allah, the universe. So to say, people all over the world are secure in their faith without "support groups". If your gonna claim to know God, then I say again, being alone with "it" is essential. That's one of my problems with christianity. It has become more of a social group and the obvious majority in American society. I'd like to consider myself a buddhist, kind of a Dharma bum, you know, seeing without seeing, hearing without hearing, understanding through oblivion, feeling the void with the soul.