The Japanese Word for Human

Since my twin brother is a missionary in Japan, I found this quote to be quite fascinating in regards to community:

The Japanese word for human person is ningen, which literally means "between people."  To be human from [their] viewpoint is to be together with others.  "Community" is thus built in to the very nature of "humanity," as the language serves to reinforce the strongly held conviction that the group comes first.

~ Joseph H. Hellerman, When the Church Was a Family, p. 20.

**BTW ... for all you LBC folks, make sure to come out this Sun. night @ 6:30 to see my brother and his family as they share about "The Fight of Faith for All the Nations."  Should be fun!