“It takes a village to raise a child.”
“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.” - African proverb
So scary but also creepily true. Is that why there's so much violence in the world today? That we lost touch with one another and forgot about the innate desire for community?
“The urge for destruction is also a creative urge!” — Mikhail Bakunin.
So our need for connection and community, that deep desire to create social bonds, is also the same driving force to destroy all possibilities for social bonds? It sounds far out, but kind of makes sense, isn't it?
Oftentimes I feel that the most enduring truths in the world are those that embrace paradox. And this "burning down the village to feel warmth" certainly does fit the bill. That in our loneliness and rejection from community, we will do anything to get the attention we feel so entitled to, that we will keep escalating our acting out to the point we want to punish the sources creating that pain of isolation.
Me vs the Other. Man vs society. Individualism vs collectivism.
I have no deeper point to make here, no ground-breaking insight to share. Just surprised by the windfall of words that dropped down from the sky today, and wanted to share this forward.