Being a part of communities is important. They connect us with our own humanity, with compassion and belonging. But when a full dose of community is all we get every single day, we lose touch with who we are and what our individual contribution is to the whole.
We become the cookie-cutter model of our families, churches, and communities instead of a contributor to their quality, at which point spiritual toxicity seeps in unawares.
This is a call to courage, to your individuality, to the quality only you can discover and radiate. You are valuable to the whole, not just another model of the faces that repeat the same words, the same testimonies, check off the same lists.
Your ‘belonging’, fulfilling your most basic need for community, is not in mimicking the masses, but in discovering your authenticity.
Then you illuminate all you meet. Then you inspire authenticity in others. Then you will experience a sharing of mutual respect with those that have discovered the same and be a part of a lasting, more fulfilling, transcendent community.
And that is the means by which the human race will survive poverty, prejudice, world war, and the supposed threat of the digital age/artificial intelligence.
So yeah, help out our chances… “Be your own spiritual singularity.”
[Other posts on being a spiritual singularity are found here, here and here.]