One of the running jokes about Milligan is how much they say the word "community". It is a common theme there that the school desired to instill in all of the students who walked through their doors. While we may have made fun of all of the opportunities for community while there, I now realize just how right Milligan was.
Whether I come at this topic from a psychological point of view or a a Christian point of view, I come right back to the same thought: we were not made to be alone. Raise your hand if you love being lonely? Anyone? Didn't think so. We are made for community.
As a counselor I believe we need people in order to make it through this life. If we didn't, then I would not have a job. People come to me for support and someone to lean on when times are tough. We work together to solve problems and make a plan for their current journey. For many we try to find someone(s) who can support them during a time of need. Everything I do revolves around creating a community around you and being in community.
In Romans 12:4-5 it states, "For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."
We all have come from one body, and while we do have many different functions, we all need to come back together and work as a whole. I love that this is the way God has created us. To me it shows how much He loves us. He loves us so much that he gave us the support we would need to get through life. We are meant to work together at life, lean on one another, and help those in need.
Now that I am post graduation, living on my own, and having to find my own community, I am thankful for the lessons Milligan taught me. I have been able to make/find my own little communities here. My classmates, my work, my family, and my work friends. But being that I am not in college I find that the loneliness does come. All I have to do though is seek that community and I am filled again.