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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 16 2013: If we go by our own History, the community bonds have always been either ethnic and cultural, or more recently, Religious Sects. The Sects do not seem to be very successful, as they soon deteriorate. We might be able to come up with better ones, but the experiences have not been promising so far. And there is widespread resistance among the "Educated" to the idea that Ethnicity or Culture (Vague terms) are respectable. The Shakers, the Oneida Community, Israeli Kibbutzes, etc. all have had their problems. "Communism" in its original formulation was supposed to create a large scale Utopia, but it did not have the staying power of Ethnicity.
    I don't really understand why this idea is not more popular, but partly it is due to the vigorous efforts of various Empires to grow themselves at any cost,i.e. suppressing alternative loyalties. We're still at it: trying to convince "Iraqis" or "Syrians" that their own loyalties don't count. (Something like 25% of "Nations" are actually Failed States, thanks to this kind of outside manipulation)

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