A little bit of Wendell Berry can go a long way, in a good way. He gives you lots to think about. I have just picked up and begun to read The Art of the Common Place: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry, which is edited and introduced by our acquaintance Norman Wirzba.
I’m still working my way through Norman’s introduction, but I came across this (the parts in quotes are Berry’s words):
The path toward wholeness depends on our discovery and acknowledgment of, and then response to, a greater goodness that contextualizes us. Our fundamental mistake is that we have presumed to be the authors of ourselves and our destinies, and thus have forgotten or denied that we are part of ‘a great coathorship in which we are all collaborating with God and with nature in the making of ourselves and one another.’ We can only become what we truly are by acknowledging that we do not exist by, from, and for ourselves. Our lives are always rooted in a natural and cultural community, so that to cut ourselves off from these roots, whether that be in the name of progress or human liberation, is to ensure the eventual withering and then death of life. Once we have forgotten or denied our biological kinship with the earth and its inhabitants, it is hardly an accident that so much of human spiritual life is premised on an escape from rather than an affirmation of this life.
Hope you caught that “community” in there.