In a Busy World – What Can I Do?
Communities are fundamental to our sense of wellbeing – humanity has lived in villages forever. Villages provide us with our basic needs: friendship, companionship, shared work, safety, belonging and a sense of purpose. From the beginning of time, it was everyone’s responsibility to contribute to the well being of the community. If someone didn’t, they were ostracized from the community.
Nothing has changed today. We still need community and if we enjoy the benefits of community, we also have a responsibility for the community.
What has changed is we have distorted our relationship to community. We place greater value on self, busy-ness, and material goods. There are more demands on parents and less neighbourhood and extended family support. We often don’t know our neighbours. It’s harder to meet personal obligations in isolation.
The Happy Community Project is about restoring the balance where community takes its rightful role in our lives. A role where once again we can live in a community of trust, belonging, caring and connectedness.
It is everyone’s responsibility – and each of us can do something within our means. When we do, we become a Citizen Champion.