What Got Us Here ? Can We Affect Our future?
In today's world, discord and violence rule the day. Common courtesy is becoming less and less common. Nowadays, the things that make our lives easier are the very things that drive the wedge of discord. The internet and social media are in many ways contributing to the trend toward isolation between individuals, groups, and entire communities.
A sense of belonging to something greater than ones-self has been left on the side of the road as technology shifts focus from community to the isolation and self-aggrandizement provided by the internet.
When I was a child in the 50s, there was reliance upon neighbors to maintain an awareness of what was happening around them. As a result there was contact between neighbors and neighborhoods were formed. This neighborhood contact spread to communities, and the realization of shared needs and goals spread within the community.
Family triumphs were enjoyed by the community, while everyone also shared in tragedies. It was a time of concern for one another made possible by community functions; a gathering place for special times and events. A special place designed to draw everyone together to engage the community and forge friendships. Friendships that grew while neighborhood pride rose to the surface.
Interaction between families recreates the importance of relationships in daily life. The satisfaction and thankfulness one feels for others as they share concerns and hardships while sharing the joy and sense of community with every event. Communal pride grows, and sitting on the front porch to greet passersby becomes a revered pastime.
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