"What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."
More Free Community Inspirational Quotes...
"There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community." -- M Scott Peck
"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." -- Henrik Ibsen
"It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual." -- Jeremy Bentham
"In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it." -- Marianne Williamson
What I Wonder...
Listen to my thoughts about these community inspirational quotes in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite place of mine in Yorkshire (England!) - this time the video location is a noisy Brockholes!...
(NOTE: any captions you see in the video above where written by self-deprecating me - just in case that's not obvious! I know - self-deprecation: nasty habit!)
I discuss quite a few ideas about community in the video above (though I don't mention loneliness!). Ideas that came to my mind in those few moments of recording my thoughts. Truth is, though, that:
A) I've long recognised the importance of community (another word could be 'society') in just how people get along with each other and accept responsibility for their actions, and
B) I've actively avoided doing anything about becoming a part of any community I've found myself.
The hermit juices flow strong in this one, it seems!
So I think it's great that my local community (Brockholes in West Yorkshire) have decided to use the power of social media online (e.g. Facebook, and to a lesser extent YouTube) to galvanise themselves into action - to take local action, and help make the place better for young and old alike.
Because when you take responsibility for how things are - in your community, or in your personal relationships for example - then you become bothered, and you become accountable, and others start to follow your lead.
It is always easy to criticise from afar - "why is there so much litter on the streets?" - but much harder to do something about it.
But when you do something about it - when *I* do - we all benefit.
So my personal challenge here is to peek out of my hermit shell a little more often, and just get involved.
And I urge you to do the same - whether a fellow hermit, or someone 'busy with life' in other ways...
A healthy community is important.
I'm not sure anyone would disagree with this. Even UK ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher, famous for declaring that there's no such thing as society, I'm sure even she can now see the non-wisdom of those sentiments.
Human beings are communal in nature.
It goes against our grain to separate ourselves from others, to abdicate our responsibilities.
Doesn't it... Steve?
Recommended Reading Now it just so happens that several of the authors listed above have written books that I think you should check out. Of course, we all have different tastes and requirements - and these authors are not writing about community, by the way, but about life as they see it - but all I ask that you do is look at Amazon and read the blurb and some of the reviews. You might find something
that touches you.