None of Us Want to Be Alone


“If it is true that none of us wants to be alone,
then it is true that all of us want to be together.”
–Alex Ball

When I first read these words (shared here with the permission of the above student in a college composition class I teach), an almost blindingly radiant light shot into me. The light was the energy of love, emitted when this student filled a negative space of fear—what we resist, what we don’t want—with the positive truth of who we are as human and spiritual creatures. These seemingly simple words have great power, so I repeat them:

If it is true that none of us wants to be alone,
then it is true that all of us want to be together.

We know this truth as infants, and our work here on Earth is to remember.

Perhaps these words hold so much power because their vibration counteracts the illusion of separation on this planet: individual desires wrapped up in an individual fate, pitting ourselves against fellow creatures and Earth. Treating our beloved fellow creatures as material to be used, exploited, beaten, or ignored.

When I heard this phrase, it is true that all of us want to be together, I immediately thought of OMA: OMA’s vision to be a place of healing for all people. Or as the five-year-old son of one of our Board Members said, when asked, “What do you think OMA is?”:

“OMA is our house when God’s house breaks down.”

Spirit by whatever name we call her never breaks down, but the “house” we no longer wish to build, the lonely solitary world built of disunity, greed, and self-hatred, has been breaking down for a long time. Such a house cannot stand. First people must recognize, as my student did, that we do not want to be alone. Then, we make the brave and beautiful choice to build a world where we can all be together.

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