To me it seems that -masks and strangers are very related. I am not certain how to articulate this thought. I believe that community, deep community, is something that combats the tendency to disassociate yourself from others.
Most of our sharing is very superficial. People know us but they don't know us. You can look at anyone's Facebook, LastFm or Myspace and feel you know something about them. You can interact with someone on a daily basis and feel you know them. Is that true?I think knowing comes with being known. If no one knows you as you are-then can you know anyone as they are?
I know a lot about other people but what do they know about me?If there is no reciprocal vulnerability, can that relationship be communal? I find that most people assume I am a certain way. A way that may be a little part of my nature(the part that looks the best) but that is not me. As I forge in community, I notice that there is a peace when people know you as more than information facts. When someone knows your heart and vice versa something real takes places.
It makes me happy to contemplate these things because they are real. They are the fruit of life. Community, if it is authentic, can guide us towards the light. We we made to live in the light.