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What is a city?  It is a community which lives on a base of agriculture.  Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 3/13: The Grain in the Stone, BBC 1973

 

 

 

If churches took half the money they was making and give it back to the community we’d be all right.  If they took half the billions that they use to praise God and gave it to the motherfuckers who need God, we’d be all right.  Tupac Shakur

 

 

It’s long been understood very well that a society that is based on this principle [individual material gain] will destroy itself in time.  It can only persist with whatever suffering and injustice it entails as long as it’s possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited – that the world is an infinite resource and that the world is an infinite garbage can.  At this stage of history either one of two things is possible: either the general population will take control over its own destiny and will concern itself with community interests, guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others, or alternatively, there will be no destiny for anyone to control.  Professor Noam Chomsky   

 

 

The Occupy movement did create spontaneously communities that taught people something: you can be in a supportive community of mutual aid and cooperation and develop your own health system and library and have open space for democratic discussion and participation.  Communities like that are really important.  Noam Chomsky

 

 

The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.  Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches 

 

 

Social life is disappointing.  The very franticness of attempts to reestablish community and festival, by partying, by groups, by club, by touristy Mardi Gras, is the best evidence of the loss of true community and festival and of the loneliness of self, stranded as it is as an unspeakable consciousness in a world from which it perceives itself as somehow estranged, stranded even within its own body, with which it sees no clear connection.  Walker Percy: Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book 

 

 

I am the leader of a community.  Star Trek: Voyager s3e25: Worst Case Scenario, Janeway

 

 

Local communities can become more self-sufficient ... The community needs to be our safety net.  The Money Fix: A Documentary for Monetary Reform

 

 

Being part of a community with a church at its centre and singin’ hymns is a great thing to do.  Vivienne Westwood

 

 

H G Wells once made a useful distinction between what he called communities of obedience and communities of will.  Kenneth Clark: Civilisation 6/13: Protest & Communication, BBC 1969

 

 

The shake-down community, the genital mutilation community, the suicide bombing community, the child abuse I would prefer to say child rape communities, all of these communities of faith, believe me.  Christopher Hitchens, lecture Authors@Google.com 

 

 

Community service, I says.  It’ll be about as much good for the community as a cow pie at a Hindu wedding.  Rab C Nesbitt: Community, Rab, BBC 1998

 

 

Everyone who wishes to join the congregation of the elect must pledge himself to live according to the rule of the community.  To love all the children of light and to hate all the children of darkness.  The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Community Rule

 

 

We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook.  We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.  Haile Selassie

 

 

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community ... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.  Cesar Chavez

 

 

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.  Jeremy Bentham

 

 

The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life.  Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace 

 

 

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each others lives.  It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.  Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House 1969, ‘The Loss of the Future’

 

 

A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.  Rudolf Steiner

 

 

What should young people do with their lives today?  Many things, obviously.  But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.  Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

Community can be defined simply as a group in which free conversation can take place.  Community is where I can share my innermost thoughts, bring out the depths of my own feelings, and know they will be understood.  Rollo May, Power and Innocence ch12

 

 

The brotherhood of the community is indeed the ground in which the individual is ethically realized.  But the community is the frustration as well as the realization of individual life.  Its collective egotism is an offense to his conscience; its institutional injustices negate the ideal of justice; and such brotherhood as it achieves is limited by ethnic and geographic boundaries.  Reinhold Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man: A Christian Interpretation

 

 

Nations had risen against nations, employing the subtlest devices of mechanism and mind to waste, and excruciate, and overthrow.  The great community of mankind had been subdivided into ten thousand communities, each organized for the ruin of the other.  Percy Bysshe Shelley, Essay on Christianity, 1859

 

 

From the late eighteenth century onwards, it is no longer from the practice of community but from being a wanderer that the instinct of fellow-feeling is derived.  Thus an essential isolation and silence and loneliness become the carriers of nature and community against the rigours, the cold abstinence, the selfish ease of ordinary society.  Raymond Williams, The Country and the City

 

 

The only way by which one divests himself of his natural liberty and puts on the bonds of civil society is by agreeing with other men to join and unite into a community.  John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government

 

 

They’re just like cockroaches … They’re trying to destroy us, aren’t they?  Our community.  Our way of life.  We Still Kill the Old Way 2014 starring Ian Ogilvy & Alison Doody & Danny Boy Hatchard & Chris Ellison & Lysette Anthony & Tony Denham & Red Madrell & Nicky Henson & Stephen Berkoff & Danni Dyer & Adele Silva & James Cosmo et al, director Sacha Bennett

 

 

Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok … felt called to leave his life as a spiritual leader in the United States, and returned to the region of his birth with a dream of rescuing unwanted children.  Tashi and the Monk, caption, 2014

 

All of us are basically abandoned … This is a community of love and compassion.  ibid.  Lobsang

 

She wets the bed and tries to hide it with blankets.  ibid.  teacher

 

When we decide to take a child, I have to think about it very deeply.  It’s not just for a few months, it’s for a whole life.  When I take a kid into the school, I promise to them that I will be their parent.  ibid.

 

Raju, remember, always try to be a good straightforward human being.  ibid.  Lobsang    

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