Week 23: Individuality and Community

Fellowship in Community

When people band together in community, and fellowship is present, the community becomes not merely a source of sustenance and protection but a source of love and joy. How broad is our reach for fellowship? Can we extend it to the entire human community?
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Family

Family is among our most enduring and important institutions. It is a product of our evolutionary past, and therefore written on our DNA.
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Tradition

Tradition, with its ritual element, is a way of recapturing the past for a while, often in the company of others with a shared set of traditions. The values and ethics in our Human Faith model emphasize growth, expansion and testing limits. Tradition offers an occasional break from that, for
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Solitude

Even love is reborn in solitude. For only in solitude are those who are alone able to reach those from whom they are separated. Only the presence of the eternal can break through the walls that isolate the temporal from the temporal. One hour of solitude may bring us closer
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Society – Companionship – Togetherness

Homo sapiensis a social animal. We crave the society and companionship of others. We have thrived as an interdependent species; that interdependence shapes the values that human beings must develop and put into practice in order for our well-being to endure.
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Mutuality – Cooperation

Without the sense of collaborating with like-minded beings in the pursuit of the ever unattainable in art and scientific research, my life would have been empty. [Albert Einstein, from Henry Goddard Leach, Living Philosophies (Simon and Schuster, 1931).] Here is Einstein, the great self-styled individualist, saying that his life would have been empty without collaboration.
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Individuality

My passionate interest in social justice and social responsibility has always stood in curious contrast to a marked lack of desire for direct association with men and women. I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or team work. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country
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