Independent living sounds attractive and is a good slogan until the snow comes, or the normality of life is interrupted for whatever reason – then family, friends and neighbours become essential features to our survival. What price independence in the face of an earthquake such has been experienced in Haiti?
Of course true community is really built upon 'faith' – believing in and trusting in others. One of the great challenges of our age is to recover that sense of faith within our communities, so that we can work together not just in the exceptional times of need, but in the normality of the everyday. Faith is a casualty of excessive independence, for faith is rooted in the humility of accepting that we cannot make it through life on our own. Without faith in others, how will we cope when the cold realities of life break through the illusion that we can ever be independent?
Yes, faith is trust, a kind of aware-dependency, and that is the faith that becomes relevant in times of strife and crisis but also in the everyday - building relationships (that also prepare for times of crisis).
I've put my cartoon of Erika up because she should be pleased (not with the cartoon, but with d'bishop and should help her attachment to Anglicanism).