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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 11 2013: There are many factors. The scientific field that asks these questions are varied. Social Psychology, Anthropology, History, and Sociology in particular study these bonds that tie us together.

    History has an interesting set of lessons about the U.S.A. Millions of people came to America when it was an untamed wilderness. Millions more have come to live in the new, urban landscape. History teaches us that the ONE fact that all of these people had in common was their great LACK of common ideas & values & beliefs. The only exception to that rule is those who came to the Americas as slaves. Their story is special & unique.

    But all these people, got together and created a new nation based upon ideas that had never ALL been implemented together for everyone all at the same time. Mostly people just helped one another create a civilization out of a wilderness. All those cultural, language, & religious differences just did not matter once everyone had to pull together to make things work!

    I guess the most important things is having a common goal & a common dream that everyone can hope to achieve together. That is what is most important for everyone. That is the thing that has changed the world.
    • Jul 16 2013: Juan: you are describing a Noble Effort, but one which , as we see by our current politics , is simply beyond our capabilities right now. Maybe after we all become Buddhist-Quakers, it might happen.

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