Community: A Cure For The Lonely

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A community: otherwise a group of people who share common culture and heritage a populace, an alliance, an association, a neighborhood, a district, a society. A dictionary definition is what the population settles for as far as the context where they consider themselves as apart of a community. The word community in the 14th century, had derived from the word “common,” in that time, meaning fellowship in a ‘community’ of relations or feelings. However, the term then became used concretely as to pertain to a body of fellows or townsmen. It is vital though, that the youth involves themselves genuinely in a community, and not assume that they’ve done so simply by physically moving into one. Such a task means a challenge, however, through awareness and inspiration, the benefits of being apart of a community are within reach.

“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,” says American novelist Kurt Vonnegut. In other words, the youth of our culture is holding the power to deplete the loneliness that we all face, and can do so simply by coming together civilly to build an alliance which will in turn be used to battle such loneliness. For example, the teenager wasting his hours at a computer screen in the afternoons could change his and others’ entire outlook by choosing a place in his community to help others, such as volunteering at a shelter, or helping the elderly. This gives him the chance to experience more value in his self-worth, while also benefiting the people around him. Likewise, the braggart spending his energy on creating his own reputation could be using such energy to help others feel confident about their image, too. Much of the youth experiences fear of insecurity, but if that fear could be set aside, the entire youth could be turned into a pool of individuals, seen as beautiful by all, inside and out. To further illustrate, the two passers-by that walk on opposite sides of a sidewalk do not say hello, and even though they have never met, could emotionally benefit from the compassionate gesture of a friendly greeting. If the introversion that half of our population faces could be disregarded long enough to say “hello,” perhaps everyone could feel less alone in a town filled with thousands of people. Like an ant separated from its colony, the citizens of our youth can't benefit as strongly for themselves, until they come together and unify as a community. Once such unification has taken place, that youth can realize the warmth in the fact that they are not alone.

Much of the instant gratification granted to the youth via technology has them feeling much less alone than they are in reality, however, in that reality, they’re not aware of the amount of...

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