Underneath it all we are tribal individuals. We seek connection because we need to know we are not alone on this planet. A taxi driver once told me that no one in his African country gets on a bus without greeting every single person on it. It's unthinkable not to do so, not to honor a sense of something larger than a solitary self. We're not kites without strings — each of us is attached to something bigger than ourselves. We're all part of the same web, spun by the same mysterious spiderwoman.

Gabrielle Roth, Sweat Your Prayers