In our world full of fragmented isolated individuality... loners are beautiful... I don't need anyone... I am a legend in my own mind... an island unto myself... sorry... it doesn't work that way... we need others... or we aren't going to make it...
We have bought the image of the superhero... Bond... James Bond... who needs anyone... I am the greatest...just use people up for my own ends... we have no concept of having been born into the middle of a war... that there is an evil enemy who is out to destroy us... he comes to steal and to kill and to destroy... us....you and I and everything God has made and called good.
Just watch the scene in "Saving Private Ryan"...when they hit the beaches in Normandy... this stuff really happens... all the time at one level or another... an enemy wants to destroy them... but a small band of men work together... cover each other... watch each other's backs.... in order to accomplish their mission.
Take the HBO series "Band of Brothers".... they can't do it alone. Whether it is history that really happened....or the Tolkien fantasy world of Lord of the Rings... there was a band of brothers... the Fellowship of the Ring.
I stole this from John Eldredge.... 'cause I like his way with words.... :)
"Something stronger than fate has chosen you. Evil will hunt you. And so a fellowship must protect you. ... though he is a very brave and true hobbit, Frodo hasn't a chance without Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli. He has no real idea what dangers and trials lie ahead. The dark mines of Moria; the Balrog that awaits him there; the evil orcs called the Urak-hai that will hunt him; the wastes of the Emyn Muil. He will need his friends. And you will need yours. You must cling to those you have; you must search wide and far for those you do not yet have. You must not go alone. From the beginning, right there in Eden, the Enemy's strategy has relied upon a simple aim: divide and conquer. Get them isolated and take them out." (emphasis mine)
If you have been following these Musings for any length of time.... you understand that the big word here is small... a small band... a squad... real connections... in a real world... and even more real war.