The Lost Skill of Community Making


from the cover of Robert D. Putnam's book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community from the cover of Robert D. Putnam’s book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Here are some reflections inspired by recently reading, Robert D. Putnam‘s book, Bowling Alone

The social body is suffering and struggling for survival.  As global populations continues exploding, our communities are eroding.  We need to address this, but how?

In the past, communities were forced to be together basically because it was necessary for survival.  Communities, such as towns, neighborhoods, and villages were dependent and inter-dependently stitched together for protection against external threats from bandits, unjust Lords, to being able to feed themselves through the dark, cold days of winter.  By contrast, contemporary beliefs hold that it’s a sign of weakness to be dependent on anyone outside yourself.  How did this morality emerge?

To count on your neighbor, to need your community for basic materials for living has strangely become a social sin…

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