Ever go to Six Flags? Disney World? Grand Canyon?
Did you go by yourself? Probably not. It isn't that you can't enjoy those things by yourself (and let's be honest, sometimes you do need to get away) but the memorable moments in life are always better with friends and family.
So what do you do when you want to watch your favorite show (LOST) with twenty six friends?
Why not teach a class on it?
That is the joy I'm getting to experience right now at Birmingham-Southern College. It's just an interim class (one month) but it is a joy that I am relishing. One of the fun aspects of the class is that watching all of LOST was not a requirement for the course. This has... complicated... the holistic approach that LOST needs but has allowed for me to re-experience seeing it with new eyes again.
Jack Shepherd (names are important) reminds his beach-buddies that we either can either live together or die alone. While LOST is not really a matter of life and death, the wisdom of this proclamation also speaks to value of each and every person. Each and every story. Each and every struggle.
When I share my favorite things with others they cease being mine and become ours. Let Regina Spektor say it for us:
No, this is how it worksWe like to think of life, salvation, and maybe even death as something that affects one person at a time. This is an unfortunate fallacy of our society. We are in this together and I'd bet we'll find a way to live together.
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else's heart
Pumping someone else's blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don't get harmed
But even if it does
You'll just do it all again