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Kimberly Ann

Program Manager, Atienza Kali

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What is the bond that holds a community together? If woven properly, how can this common bond positively change the world?

How do we use this bond to strengthen our relationships and grow together as a species?


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  • Jul 14 2013: First and foremost, the most overriding consideration: The inverse of size. The larger a community is, the less cohesive it will be. Thus, there will probably never be a "common bond" for the world. The trend is apparently hard-wired into primate nervous systems. After a certain size, people just are not able to care.
    • Jul 15 2013: Quite so.

      As harsh as it seems the more the world populates the less we can arrest poverty and abuse. People give up, remembering our countries have homeless too. Giving more and more aid is just not possible without some restraint on the numbers being born. The caring is there and compassion however all is overridden where the problem is the sheer numbers ...7 Billion today..... 12 billion on the horizon.

      Reminds me of a local dilemma - too many domestic animals being born. Millions just being born to be euthanased. All animals sold at a pet shop to be desexed before sale to stop the carnage. For humans microchip contraception.
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        Jul 25 2013: I agree Karmel.

        The population is growing beyond it's sustainable size. Some kind of control needs to be endorsed or the Earth's resources will fail to support the whole. Voluntary microchipped contraception is a touchy suggestion, as I can definitely see abuse arising with it. However, as it appears from the grossly immense number of unplanned pregnancy and the paths in which people choose to address it (I am not going there, so we'll keep on track with the topic) it seems that better methods for birth control should be considered.

        I second that population overload is a great hinder to the possibility for a greater sense of community in the world, but it is not an impossibility. We simply need to adjust.

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