Community…GB Shaw

I’ve been praying about community a lot lately. This oil spill crisis in the Gulf has been a keen yet very painful reminder on how we ALL are part of the global community…not just the global HUMAN community but the entire natural order of life on Earth.

Y’all know I am a quote addict, so here is today’s quote:

“Independence… [is] middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, 1912

It has been years since I read that book for a college course, but Shaw’s words especially ring true for me this day. I am the most guilty of thinking that I am ‘ independent’: I’m introverted, have a real disdain for rules which lack any sense for their existence & generally am stubbornly ” independent’. While I would much rather prefer a world in which I can control my own destiny, the reality is that we living & nonliving beings are tightly wound together.

Ok, I can deal with being a part of the natural community but most people scare the heck out of me. Last week’s Newsweek magazine featured a fascinating article on the brains of truly creative people. While we -out-of-the-box- thinkers are generally the innovators & mystics of any society our challenge is to learn to coexist with the more mainstream members of the human race. I’m so guilty of Weirdness Pride that I often forget{ intentionally or unintentionally is the question!} that most of our human society are * not* creative thinkers & it is I who must bend just a little bit to conform. Ugh I so hate that word’ conform’ as trying to fit into a metaphorically round hole as a square peg is my life’s image.

We are all members of different communities, but at the same time we are all unique. The challenge is to find ways that we can not merely coexist in community but thrive as one.

Amen.

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