The first session of the camp talked about individuality and communality. The speaker argued from the story of creation that humans are meant for community, since it is not good for the first man to be alone. Then we were split into different groups, according to our age, to discuss about the session further. I joined the young adults group, and there was a comment saying that actually the first man was in the better place, since he didn’t know sin when he was alone. He knew sin only after the woman was created — “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree!”
So, as the logic went, it would be better if the woman was never created, so that the man did not sin. Well, I would argue that actually in some sense eating the fruit is still “better” than being alone (not in the romantic sense, but in the communal sense). When the first man was alone, “it is not good.” And it reversed all the “good”-s spoken before in chapter 1 and 2. If communality is order, eating the fruit is disorder. But, to be alone is chaos. When the first man was alone, the Spirit was still hovering over the face of the waters. When he was alone, the creation has not reached the goal yet.
There is a risk when you try to live in a community, but it is worth the risk. Love renders oneself vulnerable to others. There is an inherent risk when we love.