We were created for community. God created us in His image, and He has community within the Trinity of Himself. I truly believe it hurts so much when we are separated from community because God put the deep need for community right into our DNA!
I absolutely LOVE listening to the stories of how the villagers in Africa live their lives in community! THEY may not have "everything" that WE (in the United States) consider a privilege to have, but they have something deeper. They have each other. I never went on a physical missions trip to Africa, but I do see the rich joy in community.
And I see the pain when one who did go to Africa is separated from it.