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Friday, December 17, 2004

What Do We Owe Each Other?

As fellow community members, what do we owe each other?

Do we live in a bubble in which our needs are paramount, or do we fashion a world in which we give at least as much as we take? Do we respect the space we each need, or do we see our needs as overriding those needs of others? Do we allow for others' foibles, or do we pounce on every mistake, every inconsistency, every misstep?

Community standards are set and accepted in a complicated dance that is acknowledged by all but the most arrogant and selfish of us. We accept this way of doing things because, among other reasons, meaningful interactions are necessary to our happiness and growth. Meaningful interactions cannot take place if we are not seen as contributing to the community's overall good. We may not understand why we're being seen in this way, but we must be introspective enough to see that maybe this time and place is not our time and place. Perhaps we need to step back and reflect on a way that our needs can be aligned with the community's needs. None of us are so flawed that we can't redeem ourselves; it merely becomes harder over time. But not impossible.

What Community Members Owe Each Other

1. Respect for space, privacy and ideas.
2. Intellectual honesty.
3. A sense of responsibility for how our actions play out in the community.
4. A recognition that silence is sometimes the better choice.

What do you think community members owe each other? Submit your idea by clicking on "Comments". Contributions are not tracked by IP address tracking; you may submit


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We owe each other respect

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about we owe each peace.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. However, I see that in our community we have many people who don't believe they have a responsibility or just don't know. Basic human rights for each other have been lost in many corners of this community.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basic human rights for each other have been lost in many corners of this community.
for a long, long, time now!

12:44 PM  

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