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Kimberly Ann

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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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  • Aug 4 2013: Common ideas, believes, goals, code of conduct ... all those form part of what's properly called "asabya", which is an arabic word that somewhat resembles english "solidarity" and "comradeship". Society with more or less monolithic asabya has more in common between all the classes regardless of the social strata and communicates better. Society that lost its asabya is on the way to the social disintegration that at first shows in increasing fragmentation and may end up starting a civil war.

    Can this common bond positively change the world? It is a tough question to answer in less than three thousand words. It can and does change the world already (Internet), but narrowing it down to "positive" kind is a bit of redux. We cannot say if the results are positive or negative with 100 accuracy, rather, we can label some positive tendencies and some negative ones, because almost every change at the level of a society has multiple results. I am an optimist who prefers to see the positive results, however.

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