Friday, October 10, 2008
Humanity longs for relationship. Community. Friendship. Romance. We seek to be connected to something--anything--we long to know we are not alone. The world, in its perpetual state of fragmentation, stretches out its hand to the abyss, feeling for life--for relationship. We are relational beings. And we exist in perpetual relationship with ourselves and with the world in which we find ourselves. Relationship begets relationship: two individuals produce an offspring, which grows up, mates, and produces another offspring, and the cycle continues. Humanity lives in a web of relational intricacy. Yet, we are still alone? Relationships surround, but do they fulfill? We seek, but do we find? It is like the analogy of an individual standing in the middle of a crowded room, but feeling utterly alone. Are we, as human beings, standing in the midst of community, friendship, relationship, yet remaining completely singular and alone? What have we missed...?