Monday, 19 March 2012
Doing Your Own Thing
I fear that we too much like doing own thing. It is true that we all have a contribution to make, and that contribution is important but, too often, we are insufficiently engaged with recognising the value of community and how that is enhanced when individuals contribute to, and not against, the community. I have been reading Christopher Jamison's book Finding Sanctuary (Phoenix, 2006) - and really like a comment he makes on this - p. 121 - "Individualism is simply doing your own thing in your own way and blanking out the other people. Individuality involves bringing your particular contribution to bear on the life of the community, even if that is a difficult contribution for others to accept; for example, a criticism." We all have a contribution to make, but we all need to receive the contributions of all the others.