On the possibility of community

An old post still relevant

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Is community possible? Can people with lived experience come together in a community based on common identity, a sense of shared connection and purpose that facilitates the achievement of common goals and the individual welfare of its members?

The short answer is I don’t know.

I know people who believe this community already exists. I know others who believe that if such a community ever existed it is hopelessly fractured, that we spend more time attacking each other and preoccupied with never ending conflicts and rivalries than anything else.

Community of any kind only exists when it is safe to belong and many people I know say it is simply not safe anymore.

A friend told me his opinion. “If there is a movement it is more like a church with many denominations than anything else. Everyone thinks they have the real faith : the right beliefs, the right positions…

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