How do we put the sense of community back into our communities? This is the hundred million euro question and many long hours have been spent working on this problem.
But what do we mean by sense of community?
I am told that many years ago it was Aristotle who first wrote a definition on the word “community” as a group established by men having shared values. But in today’s world the word “community” has very different meanings as technology has created a virtual online community where no hand shaking or temper tantrums( just an example) are witnessed, purely the good side as seen in all of the selfies and the world of “friends” who don’t meet.
Before Technology began to interfere in our lives, we physically had to get up and walk to a phone, a door, or a neighbour’s house to get help or advice of simply offer help. Today most of this goes on from a sofa or desk. It does sound bad.
But there is always a resistance and in today’s world of social media and social media interaction there lingers some who prefer to meet and greet in person. Here in Claremont we have a Mens Shed group who meet every Friday afternoon. They do not come in and sit down, have a gossip, a cup of tea and melt away to their respective homes. They come together with a purpose to help anyone in their locality, in other words -their community. Book clubs, knitting clubs, sports clubs, often provide a similar type of support to anyone in their environment who need help or assistance and most importantly to exist they need physical members who come together to learn etc .
So in conclusion perhaps, Community is here, but not always apparently so, something like an underground resistance group.
Your opinions are welcome as this author always needs enlightenment,