Conflicts

Sunday 14 December 2008, by Willem Kuypers // Jean Vanier English

Community is a place of conflict: conflict inside each one of us. There is first of all the conflict between the values of the world and the values of community, between togetherness and independence. It is painful to lose one’s independence, and to come into togetherness - not just proximity – to make decisions together and not all alone. Loss of independence is painful, particularly in a world where we have been told to be independent and to cultivate the feeling that “I don’t need anyone else.”
- Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.30