We can look at people using Martin Buber's description of the I and it relationship, or with the I and thou. Christ died for us while we were still helpless. He proved His love for us while we were still sinners and showed us how to act on our justifying faith by being fully present to the Samaritan woman, when by every right of the time He could have treated her as an object.
It is still all about connecting individually. Voluntary connections were once the defining characteristics of American life identified by Alexis de Tocqueville, including politics, and they might also be the future according to this excellent piece from Michael Barone (cap tip: RCP).