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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 25 2013: I would say that 'the vision' is the bond. The community is held by common vision. We define who we are, what's important, and where we're going or what we're doing. I don't believe we can 'change' the world. The world is going where it wants, and we can barely consciously change ourselves besides the whole of the world. But to have a 'common bond', I would offer that we would need to have respect for each other first - lose our self-importance, our self-righteousness, without losing our self-respect. We would need the humility to yield, yet the wisdom and courage to uphold what's being well done. We would need a 'forest for the trees' dedication to outcome, and to those who struggled to cope, our highest priority and attention. Then, we could trust again. We could have 'buy-in' for the vision. We would know that we - people - were the highest priority, and that our freedom to live and our well-being was the only goal - each and every one of us - and that the failure of one was a disgrace to us all. Because we are a connected race, and therein lies our true strength and joy.
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      Aug 5 2013: I like your idea. I gave it a thumbs-up. It's an interesting answer that you've given, 'the vision'. I'm curious, however, if it is reasonable to think that a common vision is really thing or not. It makes me think of vision statements and mission statements and such made my corporations. Which are a kind of community. They are made up of individuals working together as a whole. But just as all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares, so to all corporations are communities, but not all communities are corporations. A common vision might work well for a corporation, but take one look at the divisive nature of democracy (at least in my country) and it is readily apparent that we do not hold a common vision. Rather this is a country, in fact, a world of competing visions. In my opinion.

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