From the sage alive about 2000 years ago.
'Do not separate yourself from the community.'
Wow. I've wanted to be part of a community forever. However always seems as if the community is stifling. Maybe that's just my background. When you are thwarted in certain ways, you tend to need your own space to recalibrate yourself. Then you are alone but subject to your own distortions. That can be a trap. Plus, when separated it's easy to become an enlarged ego because the normal system of checks and balances is not part of your existence. So it is risky. But so is joining any community. One can wait for the right one, but that is not easy to find. If one just joins a group to make the best of it, that can suck one's energy. The only true community at this point in time is that group which is affixed to the above in a humbling way, and people like this are scattered all around and hard to find. Some might even be too damaged to contribute. Perhaps one in an existential way has to accept all humanity as their community. However, until one can really live it, your day to day life is an isolated one.