Community – what does that actually mean?
By Rachel Hall
If you look up the definition of community what stands out for me is this line:
It is interesting, how we have taken what is so obviously a Universal all-encompassing meaning and used it to create division and separation based on geography, location, likes and dislikes, shared ideals and beliefs, culture, nationality, level of education, gender, age, social and educational background.
If we were to truly look at this definition and feel it in its wholeness we could never do what the above examples clearly demonstrate, which is to apply reductionism to break community into factions that keep us at arms length based on our small picture outer differences rather than our true commonalities.
Community goes beyond the people who we come into contact with or choose to spend and share time with. Community is all-inclusive and is based on the principles of Brotherhood, Oneness and Equality – knowing we are one community living in the same place, sharing the same characteristics.
When I read the definition of community, my understanding of community is: