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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 27 2013: The answer to this question can compose many thick books. But I shall try to simplify it by focusing on the most basics.

    Any community is composed of individuals. So it would be reasonable to say that the secret of the bond that holds any community together would lie in the quality of the bonds between the individuals which compose such a community. IMO, the basic condition for any healthy bond between 2 individuals is first of all from the moral aspect. I had written just recently what I think is the most basics of any moral code and it's found here:

    On top of the basic moral code, there are also other factors which are also important for holding a community together, like Love, common community values, common vision....etc. But without preserving the basic moral code, all the attempts to keep the other factors become artificial and those factors gradually turn to be very shaky, in the sense that they lose their power as adhesives to hold the community together.
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      Aug 5 2013: I like where you are going with this. Can it go deeper than the relationship between one person and the another? Does the community not begin with the relationship that a person has with their own self?
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        Aug 6 2013: That's true I guess. Actually everything I guess is related to the self. If all would see this, there will be less conflicts in the world as people would less blame others for their own troubles and start searching answers within themselves. Also, if one creates moral relationship with the other, it means he/she has reached some inner understanding.

        If you like this way of thinking, I have related completely another question in other TED discussion to our inner character. You can find it here: http://www.ted.com/conversations/14635/the_power_of_a_brand_to_turn_u.html?c=556835

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