It is not good to be alone – Caritatis in Veritate post 6

God says it is not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). We need other people. We are social beings. We do not build villages and towns and cities merely from selfishness; we do so because we need each other. But this does not imply that we stop being individuals either. Here is something Pope Benedict XVI has to say about society and individuality in Caritatis in Veritate:

As a spiritual being, the human creature is defined through interpersonal relations. The more authentically he or she lives these relations, the more his or her own personal identity matures. It is not by isolation that man establishes his worth, but by placing himself in relation with others and with God…Just as a family does not submerge the identities of its individual members, just as the Church rejoices in each “new creation” (Gal 6:15; 2 Cor 5:17) incorporated by Baptism into her living Body, so too the unity of the human family does not submerge the identities of individuals, peoples and cultures, but makes them more transparent to each other and links them more closely in their legitimate diversity. [§53]

This is easier said than done for some of us. I for one am notorious for thinking and acting like I don’t need anyone else, and that I would be happiest if I could be left to do whatever I want by myself. The problem with this idea, though, is that it isn’t really true. And I know it. And I feel it the most when The Fam is away from home for a while and I am left to man the fort alone. It is not fun.

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