Island Living

From the well-made film, About A Boy, Hugh Grant’s character, Will outlines his philosophy on life:

For Will, life is programmed, productive, and performance-based rather than relational.

How shallow, and yet, how reflective of our society;  a society where self-made individualists take pride in their ability to live on their own.  A society where we are marketed “meism” and where self-centered individualism is seen as a personal right.

But this is nothing new.

We are reminded of The Fall when man sinned as a result of Satan’s enticing words, “You will be like God” (Gen 3:5).  Though made in God’s likeness, man and woman chose to change their relationship from one of dependency towards God to independence.

And so now, it is all about us, and no one else…viewing people as simply things to be used for our own satisfaction and growth, valuing our freedom to breeze in and out of relationships depending on what works best for us.

If the relationship doesn’t fulfill us, whether friend, husband, girl friend, or church, we simply opt out.

We dare not step into the world of connectedness or community with fear of it disrupting our “Island Living” and personal desires.

However, there are others that see through this mirage and reflect the words of Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe which reads:

“I am cast upon a horrible, desolate island, void of all hope of recovery.  I am singled out and separated, as it were, from all the world, to be miserable.  I am divided from mankind, a solitary; one banished from human society.  I have no soul to speak to or to relieve me.”

Anthropologist, Edward T. Hall developed a theory based on relationship between space and culture.  He concluded there are four spaces we use to develop personalities, culture, and communication.

Those spaces are Public, Social, Personal, and Intimate.

Essentially, Hall concluded that the more in-depth we become within a healthy community the more we develop as persons (all of this social science revealing an eternal Truth established by the patterns of our Creator).

Realize we will never discover the fullness of Christ in our aloneness.  We will never fully accomplish worship or mission in our aloneness.  We will never fulfill our purpose of life in aloneness.


~ by Dave Smith on May 5, 2010.

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