We know the rules of community; we know the healing effect of community in terms of individual lives. If we could somehow find a way across the bridge of our knowledge, would not these same rules have a healing effect upon our world? We human beings have often been referred to as social animals. But we are not yet community creatures. We are impelled to relate with each other for our survival. But we do not yet relate with the inclusivity, realism, self-awareness, vulnerability, commitment, openness, freedom, equality, and love of genuine community. It is clearly no longer enough to be simply social animals, babbling together at cocktail parties and brawling with each other in business and over boundaries. It is our task–our essential, central, crucial task – to transform ourselves from mere social creatures into community creatures. It is the only way that human evolution will be able to proceed.
refer to The different drum: Community making and peace. by M. Scott Peck
Peck is such a truth teller. Love him.
A community is a dynamic whole that emerges when a group of people share common practices, are interdependent, make decisions jointly, identify themselves with something larger than the sum of their individual relationships, and make a long-term commitment to well-being (their own, one another’s, and the group’s). It’s our human’s yearning for a sense of belonging, kinship, and connection to a greater purpose. The need for connectedness does not necessarily mean giving up autonomy or submitting to authority in order to become part of a group. Instead, creating a community is a mutual empowering act – a means by which people share with each other, work, and live collaboratively.
refer to Creating commuinty anywhere, by Carolyn Shaffer, Kristin Anundsen
Even though I don’t see myself a very sociable person, after reading these, I agree that a healthy community is the place where human gets improved and developed. Not easy to build, of course.