What Role Does Community Play In Your Life?

A vibrant community is one of the most valuable assets a person can have. What role does community play in your life?

As the saying goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” The word “together” could mean with family, or friends, or neighbors.

These are all types of community to which you might belong. Examples of other such groups might include your church, a book club, or a recreational sports league (among many, many others).

A more far-ranging definition of community, however, would include people you don’t necessarily know personally. Think of someone, for instance, who owns a small business locally, even if you don’t peruse it yourself. That store is an important part of your local economy, providing services to others, even if not you.

There are also community events. These can provide an opportunity for individuals to meet and mingle, sharing interests and building bonds. Such events might be organized around music, movies, artistic expression, food, or many others.

Including the groups and events that are going on all around you at various times, where do they fit in your life? Are you active in your community, or is it largely irrelevant to you? Do you share a sense of identity with your neighborhood, district, or town? Or is your sense of identity more personal and individual?

In short, what does your community do for you, and what do you do for your community?

Related questions: What makes a community? What are you doing to build community? What are our responsibilities to others?

Are Generational Designations Useful?

It has become fairly common to refer to generations of people using  a nickname, like “Millennials” or “Gen X”. Are these designations useful?

It doesn’t take much effort to find articles or websites that define a generational group based on some age range. For example, the “Boomer” generation, named after the Baby Boom that occurred in the 1950s, typical includes anyone born between 1946 and 1964.

The exact dates, and even entire generations, are hotly disputed. However, regardless of the exact definition, many people find it convenient to group people together in this way. Then some broad generalizations can be drawn over the group.

For instance, the group referred to as “Gen X” is often called by the alternate name, the latch-key generation. This refers to the fact that many kids in this generation were highly independent, largely as a result of both parents entering the work force. Every day, latch-key kids got themselves home from school, made a snack, did homework, and entertained themselves without any assistance from parents.

However, it isn’t true that every single member of the generation was like this. In fact, it is doubtful that even a majority of people who are classified as “Gen X”  had this experience. Similar examples exist for any one of the defined generations.

As such, is it actually useful to draw these generalizations? While the idea of these groups might hold some appeal to our order-seeking brains, are they actually illuminating in some way? Are there actual, helpful inferences to be drawn by these generational classifications? Or do individuals defy stereotyping?

Related questions: How do you show your age? In what ways do you not act your age? With which groups do you identify?

Harry Potter Or The Hunger Games?

Do you prefer the Harry Potter book (or movie) series or The Hunger Games books (or movies)? What elements appeal to you?

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Harry Potter Or The Hunger Games?

How Have Your TV Viewing Patterns Changed?

Long gone are the days of three channels. Now there are hundreds of cable channels, not to mention the ability to stream programs at any time. How has this altered the way you watch TV?

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