“Fear is the cheapest room in the house,
I would like to see you living in better conditions”
-Khwaja Shams Al-Din Muhammad
I have been working at a wonderful art library this winter, here in Chicago. As I sort through my regular duties like filing books and organizing information, it has happened a few times, that a burning question on my mind has been answered by a book, that has chanced upon me.
It’ll so happen that I’m thinking about the recent molestation incident in Bangalore, and I’ll be shelving books in one corner of the library- and suddenly, I’ll feel a need to look at the title of a particular, seemingly random book- it’ll shine out to me.
This happened today with this lovely, hazel-orange book called ‘Deepening Community’- Finding Joy in Chaotic Times.
The author has outlined some wonderful ways of categorizing communities- shallow, fear based, or deep.
In shallow community, one believes- “Take care of yourself- no one else will”
In fear-based community, one believes- “We’ have a greater right to happiness and life, than “they” do. We are stronger when they are weaker.
In deep community, we believe- mutual acts of caring build a sense of belonging. We know and act when neighbors and family are sick. Mutual acts of caring occur often.
I’d love to hear from you- where do these three types of communities show up in your life?
How would you like to be cared for?
Here is a link to the pdf version of the summary of the book: http://tamarackcci.ca/files/deepening_community_finding_joy_together.pdf