hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,
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Downfall of community

Last week at our orientation, the facilitator raised the theory that the rise of poverty was related to society's move away from communitites to houses. After WWII, people started moving away from cities and apartment complexes to suburbia, wanting a house, a lawn, and a white picket fence. This life style lead to more and more isolationism, with each house becoming it's own unit, rather than an apartment building and it's sense of community. This isolationism then led to people being more concerned with themselves, and not wanting to help their fellow man. The facilitator then went on to say we need to re-build this sense of community. While that may be a solution, I wonder if instead we need a paradigm shift? Perhaps those communities worked in the past, but as we advance into the future, who says the past was better? Who says that's the best we can get? I think there is partially a bias, a "back in the good ole days" type attitude that keeps people from seeing the problems of the past. Who knows, maybe we are going down a spiral, but the other part of me wonders if instead of going down, we're just shifting laterally, and picking a new path . . .
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