[caption id="attachment_6889" align="aligncenter" width="980"] James (center) interns at an organic farm (click photo to read story in Eugene's Daily Emerald).[/caption]
[Man] has become accustomed to relying only on himself; he has split off from the whole and become an isolated unit; he has trained his soul not to rely on human help, not to believe in men and mankind [...] The truth [is] that the security of the individual cannot be achieved by his isolated efforts but only by mankind as a whole [...] An end to this fearful isolation is bound to come and all men will understand [...] and it is then that the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens... But until that day we must keep hope alive, and now and then a man must set an example, if only an isolated one, by trying to lift his soul out of its isolation and offering it up in an act of brotherly communion, even if he is taken for one of God's fools. This is necessary, to keep the great idea alive.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamozov