Socrates put it well, over 2000 years ago:
A community starts to be formed when individuals find that they aren’t self-sufficient.
Does that mean our goals at the Village are mutually exclusive? I don’t think so. Each person starts with a deep desire to become self-sufficient. We struggle to do all we can towards that end. At the point of realization (whether early or late) that self-sufficiency in isolation is extremely difficult, our desire for community is enhanced. If/when times become even more difficult, communities naturally coalesce. And that’s a good thing.
A wholesome balance between independence and inter-dependence must be built first on a foundation of strong independence. When individual strength is tempered by humility born out of adversity, the soil is prepared to grow a rich and fulfilling harvest.
The process can be long, requiring patience. We’re here for the long haul.