Thursday, May 31, 2007

Community

We live in the most hyper-individualized society the world has ever seen. Most of us don't even know our next-door neighbors. We commute to work and school, alone. We are left to rise and falls based on our own efforts. Each one of us is left lacking accountability and commitment to our families, communities, and churches. It seems like every aspect of our lives is motivated by the desire for material goods. But is this really what we want? According to psychologist "our greatest wish is for more contact with other people" (National Geographic). We try to fill the absence of community with these temporal goods but it will never satisfy us. The most valuable things in this world aren't things, it is people. We can only take our relationships and experiences to heaven. This is what really matters.