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I don’t want to need you

I talk to people endlessly about community and the need for interdependence.

The problem is though that just about everything I do in life, financially, emotionally, and even spiritually, is built towards becoming further independent.

Independence and self-reliance is a highly regarding value in our culture, but I think it runs counter to humanity at its very best.

I want community, but I don’t actually want to need community. How about you?

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  • Mike Morrell August 27, 2009, 3:59 am

    Wow. What a great question!

  • A_L August 27, 2009, 6:40 pm

    Well put, and I don't have an answer either. I read several bogs of people who are involved in intentional communities–and I like my independence.
    I have had roommates–and I really like my independence!
    I like to be involved in community when I feel like it.
    I think it reflects my somewhat introvertive nature, but that doesn't excuse ignoring someone else's need.

  • lon August 28, 2009, 8:57 pm

    I keep telling myself that deep down I really long for interdependent community, but my actions seem to show otherwise over and over…

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