“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
A year ago I was traveling the world alone. I identified as a vagabond, lone traveler, a sojourner and skipped across the surface of more countries than I can recall.
Then I stopped. Abruptly. “Solitude was corrupting me.” I realized that I couldn’t find what was missing; it had to be co-created.
Community matters. Everything comes after relations. Why? Because community contains the values I wish to align with. Community holds me. Community is how I dialogue with myself. Community not only shows me the path, but supports me along the way. Community offers me choices and informs every decision.
Community is a paradox. People trigger our most painful suffering, yet we need them to hold our values, support our development and make that very suffering bearable.
How do you co-create community?
What values do your communities hold?
Where does your community lead you?