|A community is made up of all sorts of people.|
Community is defined as a group of people in a location with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common perspectives, and engage in action together.
The core elements of community, then, are:
- A sense of place - a community is something that can be located and described, denoting a sense of place, locale, or boundaries.
- Sharing - common interests and perspectives cause members to be "in tune" with each other.
- Joint action - is a source of cohesion and identity, and leads to the natural formation of communities with common goals. Trust develops.
- Social ties - interpersonal relationships form the foundation of the community.
- Diversity - a community reflects differences in interpersonal skills and interactions among its members.
Arabic scholar Ibn Khaldun regarded "group solidarity" (community) as the primary requisite for civilization. 600 years ago, he was warning that:
"Civilization needs the tribal values to survive, but these very same values are destroyed by civilization.
Specifically, urban civilization destroys tribal values with the luxuries that weaken kinship and community ties and with the artificial wants for new types of cuisine, new fashions in clothing, larger homes, and other novelties of urban life."
I wonder what Khaldun would think of the state of community life in 2014?
He might like the NBA community. I know I do, and I give thanks every day for the wonderful folks that visit and participate here.
The NBA community gives me a sense of belonging to something larger than myself, as well as providing a good dose of hope that even if civilization doesn't survive, small groups of hardy simple living people will.