Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What is Community?

We are a people that love community. We live in community, we play in community, we even study in community.

NBC's Community

When TheVWM were looking to buy our home, we sought out a good community to raise the boys.  We donated to community causes like the Boy and Girl Scouts. We were even part of a faith community.  Now we have a new community here in Costa Rica, but...

What is community?

Today is my birthday and I have received tweets, posts, and emails from people all over the globe wishing me a great day. Many of these people I have never met, apart from the internet, but somehow they feel like friends. I talk about them to my "real" friends, I think about them, and I pray for them.

Isn't that what we do in a community?

I find myself living in this sort of evolving community, virtual vs. real. Many of those I am virtually connected with are strangers, yet I know them intimately (via blogs, tweets, facebook, etc...). Many of those I am physically connected with are virtual strangers.

So here is what I want to know:

How do you define community? What does your community look like (real or virtual)? Is your view of community, like mine, changing?


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