Posted by pghrain , Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:38 AM
As a side note, school has been keeping me really busy. I just wrote a quick little essay on the idea of community! Since to me Sex Forums is a community I wanted to post a copy of the essay here for your perusal. Any ideas, comments or suggestions are greatly welcomed and appreciated! Thanx. And hopefully I can catch up on some homework and spend some time on Sex Forums! Much love and peace peeps.
Defining Community: By pghrain
The hardest part of defining any word is trying to find both the context in which it is being used and to whom you are defining it. The question is what is "community"? While many tentative answers jump readily into mind, I ponder the exact nature of the word in all its uses. When asking what community is for a geographical location, the answer that seems most likely is our neighbors, our friends, our family, the businesses that we interact with, and the places that we work. When we talk about religious community perhaps the answer is more in line with shared ideologies, beliefs, ethics or morals, and spiritual practices. All of which have no geographical boundaries. Or we might use the term community loosely in defining another aspect of our life that involves a group of people, places or things through which we feel a connection regardless of physical proximity. Speaking broadly community can mean many things to many different people and can be described in a variety of ways to reflect personal beliefs, opinions and perhaps feelings of interconnectedness. Which prompts the question again, just what is "community"? Finding the answer may be simpler than it first appears. With so many ideas that readily spring to mind, it appears there is definitely a "sense" of what community is. It may come with different labels at different times. It may have subtle variations depending on mood, location, or audience. However, certain aspects appear to resound in all the many ways in which community can be loosely defined. The first and most readily apparent aspect to me is that of a group of people, places or things. Does that mean there can be no community of one? No, every community invariably starts with one. One new idea, one new perspective, one new place. It is the linking of one to another through shared ideas, beliefs, or even perhaps nothing more than physical location that grows a community from one to many. All of which leads to the next readily apparent aspect, that of groups of people coming together. People come together to share ideas, to congregate around beliefs, to work together, or to share space next to each other in a movie theater. While physical locality may play an integral role in many communities, it is well known that with the advent of technology people can come together via the internet, via social media or via other methods of technological advancement that allow for the sharing of ideas, staying in touch with distant friends, the passing on of knowledge and many other uses. Perhaps the last and not so readily apparent to all aspect of community is that of sharing and interconnectedness. When people come together as a group they may share physical space. They may share thoughts, feelings and emotions. They may share nothing more than time together. Through these exchanges we begin to feel a closeness or connection with other members of the group that otherwise would not be felt.
So I ask again, what is "community"? When I strip it bare of all its semantics and try to portray it in a light all its own I find the definition of community to be a simple and elegant thing of beauty. Community is when one or more minds come together in agreement for mutual benefit.
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