Getting a self - directed education from LIFE Leadership subscriptions has led a large number of people to regain a new found appreciation of history and the lessons that come with it. History teaches about how people came together in common purpose. Early on people learned very quickly that they needed to learn to work together to have a better life. The art of communication ultimately developed. Whether it was drawing figures on the wall of cave or beating a drum, community was formed when people began to communicate. That communication ultimately led to a far more productive way to live together. Communication gradually led to societies that developed social groups surrounding industries like agriculture and farming. Commerce developed and communities spread through the land to create what we now know as the civilized world.
Speed up to modern times and we see the decline of the community. There’s a myriad of reasons for the decline of today’s community. With communication being the core of community we see a population that is lacking soft skills (relationships). Once classical education taught the subject of ‘rhetoric,’ which means the ability to convey an idea. That is no longer the case today. Across the board, in today’s community, companies, churches, and schools are saying that the soft skills of leadership are what’s missing. In place of relationships we use technology. Technology squelches our ability to use meaningful dialogue. Technology bombards us and communication becomes just noise to people.
Additionally, the message coming from the media divides us instead of uniting us. Is a media that divides us motivated by those who crave more power in our society? If that’s the case could the once independent media be controlled by a political party or at least the financial entities that control the party? For example, how could the once independent run media all be reporting a synchronized message, day in and day out unless its message was coordinated and controlled? What would motivate the media to consistently report a message of fear for example? Fear is divisive. Scholar Gary North writes, “Try building a long – term civilization on paranoia. It cannot be done.” Could their motive be to isolate us from each other? Is it just another conspiracy theory to believe that entities who control our economy would benefit from a nation in division so they could gain more control?
Social capital is defined as, ‘the network of social connections that exist between people, and their shared values, which enable and encourage mutually advantageous social cooperation.” Without community there is a decline in social capital. Research from Charles Murray’s book, ‘Coming Apart,’ reveals that national trust is at an all - time low. Some of the indicators of low trust include low percentage of voter turnout. This reveals people believe voting has no effect and makes no difference. How about the rage that is becoming rampant? It’s said that low self - esteem means friction and trouble. That would lead us to believe that self - esteem is at an all - time low. Communication or social capitol declines when someone has low self – esteem. From this we see a prevailing feeling of aloneness and isolation. Charles Murray writes further, “The trends signify damage to the heart of the American community.”
Without a community and a feeling of isolation we are placed in a position where we sense the need to “protect what’s mine” from those who we are told are taking more than their fair share. Making ‘rights’ be the common theme today takes us so far away from the common principles of our nation that was formed from duties, and responsibilities, but how can we fight the politicians who place us in a position to “fight for the rights” that are being stolen. It’s to their benefit to create class warfare. Do we really need Trillions of dollars of entitlements just to make us cower like sheep? Only since the intrusion of government acting as our provider have we become torn apart. Could financial institutions stand to benefit from this?
The word ‘Community’ is derived from the words, ‘common’ ‘unity’. The responsibility of restoring community begins with ourselves. It’s been in our nature since early civilization. Then, as now, we have to learn to work together. Interestingly, communication is also derived from community. Mortimer Adler said, “Human beings cannot form a community or share a common life without communicating with one another. Simply speaking, we need to be able to have a conversation.” The lost art of association needs to return and to do that we need to learn the basics of communication.
In order to communicate we need to associate. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “This new knowledge of association is the mother of all forms of knowledge: on its progress depends that of all others… Among laws controlling human societies there is one more precise and clearer, it seems to me, than all others. If men are to remain civilized or to become civilized, the art of association must develop and improve among them at the same speed as equality of conditions spreads.” For example, Peter Block writes in his book, ‘Community,’ “Would a meeting be worthwhile if we simply strengthened our relationship? Would a meeting be worthwhile if we learned something of value? What if we only discussed the gifts we wanted to bring on the concern that brought us together?” One example of this happening in reality can be seen with LIFE Leaderships Orrin Woodward who is known for bringing large numbers of people together that associate in common purpose.
Only the few elites can control power if we are divided. Instead of the financially controlled state media and politicians that instill division among us wouldn’t it be more simple just to go back to our nation’s governing values that originally made us unified? Instead of dividing us among each other by constantly placing us in our own segregated compartments, why wouldn’t we just say something simple like, “We hold these truths to be self - evident, that all men are created equal, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them.” Or, would that be politically correct to say today? God Bless, George Guzzardo