No person is an island.
We are all part of some communities. Could be the place where we live, the people we work with day in and day out, or more prevalent now-a-days, the virtual connection via sites like the WordPress or Facebook. No one can survive well nor long by him or herself.
Membership to a community means that one way or another, we are connected to other members. Whether it is through common interest, interdependent need or both, our interactions are defined as such.
However, we too often take our membership for granted, forgetting our responsibilities to the community. That is until something happens. Something dramatic, tragic, or similar to bring the community together. Members’ participation is vital to the community’s well being.
We see it in New York City after the the September 11 terrorist attacks, in Paris after the November 13 massacre, and to a larger extend, the respective countries coming together. But we don’t need to wait for a tragedy or disaster to wake us to get involved.
Our common interests and interdependent needs within the community are reasons enough to motivate us. John F Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” What you can do for your community?
What does it mean to be part of a community? same locale? common interest, shared value? What is the rule of engagement?