I wrote the following paragraphs about “Community” a year or more ago. It is ironic now in the time of social distancing that the coronavirus has caused us to practice that by staying apart we are helping each other to be healthy. We are really getting some good lessons about community by having it turned inside out like this. I personally am so grateful for the healthy and loving energy of the community in which I live. The worst has brought out the best in many, still I desperately miss the simple daily interactions with others that are gone for now. I’m glad to live around so many caring people who are helping each other in so many ways and I hope that we can all work to overcome the huge imbalances in our national and global communities that this pandemic has revealed in such stark detail. Let us use this opportunity to build healthier communities on all levels.
To live in peaceful community with others brings health and joy to all. When we share with those around us, we partake of so much more than when we live in solitude. In community we find comfort, pleasure, and stimulation. So many things such as gardening, raising children, and tending animals are much easier and more efficient done in harmony with others.
In the image there is a cluster of houses around a central tree. The individual houses signify the respect of individual boundaries while the proximity of them to each other clustered around the tree represents the unity in this place. All are enriched by their presence with each other.