There is a musical called “Funny Girl”, and in this musical, there’s a song called “People”. Sung by the fabulous Barbra Streisand, there’s a line that goes, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world” (here’s a link to it if you want: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8gn6vGu_w ).
This song so cool, because it’s SO true. There are so many love songs out in the world just trying to articulate what it is to be in love or the person they love. But this song says it all because it gets to the root of humanity: people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. Another part of the song goes, “A feeling, deep in your soul, says you were half, now you’re whole. No more hunger and thirst, but first be a person who needs people….” It’s amazing, because it doesn’t use too many words to convey the message: people who need people (aka love them) are the luckiest people in the world because they don’t need anything more than love (“no more hunger and thirst”). That is basically what all other love songs add up to.
But this song goes beyond mere romance; it goes, as I said earlier, to the heart of humanity. I believe I said this in a different blog post, but we are creatures of love. From the very beginning, we have looked for love, for companions. We long for that sense of unity, that feeling that “says you were half, now you’re whole”, and I know that unity-seeking to be true because of my choice of friends.
I am a shy person, yes Bethany, it’s true. I’m introverted by nature, and a lot of times, I just want to be by myself and read a nice book. So, it takes me awhile to find real friends. But you know, it’s a bit difficult to find friends when you don’t even know yourself. That was my real predicament, but after I started going to my sciency/researchy nerd magnet school, I realized that I was a nerd. Yeah I know it sounds weird, but it’s true. Freshman year was my turning around year, and I know who I am now (it’s okay, you don’t have to worry about me having an identity crisis). But some of my dearest friends in the world are my fellow nerds.
I also had the great great honor of going to the Anglican Convocation of North America’s Provincial Assembly, which is basically just a bunch of Anglicans getting together for a meeting. For me, the most amazing thing about this was being able to meet other youth anglicans, PEOPLE LIKE ME, from all over the country (plus Canada). A lot of times, it’s hard being a God-loving teenager, because it’s easy to feel different and weird, as if no one understands you. But these people understood me, and I feel so blessed to have met them.
I chose those two examples, because they illustrate the two parts of how I identify myself: a nerdy Jesus freak. Yup, that’s me.
Sorry for going off on those tangents. The point is that people need people. We long for unity and the chance to belong with at least one person. Love is something uniquely human because we were made in the image of a God whose very name is Love. But a lot of people don’t realize that love is what we’re searching for. They go around, pursuing wealth, fame, and petty pleasures. But the people who realize that we’re lovers by nature, the people “who need people”, those ones are the luckiest people in the world.