Perhaps ironically, while the oldest old may live alone and emphasize independence, many are only able to be autonomous because they ask for help. They, like all of us, balance dependence with independence.
Connecting with another person is a deeply fulfilling experience.
When a group of people purposefully stretch themselves, by connecting to each other beyond the borders of selectivity and commonality, a profoundly hospitable community is created.
– a community in which belonging, contribution and accomplishment occur regularly and naturally.
Now that’s something to look forward to during one’s second journey through life!
Sitting around a table is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along.
Community is where humility and glory touch.
We hunger for communities for meaning that can transcend the individualism and selfishness that we see around us.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual.
The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living.
This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.
The fundamental quality of human beings is to be in relationship.