1) What we think of ourselves is what we will create for ourselves
2) Our communities mirror how we hold ourselves and our relations with others.
3) So, how aliveare we anyway?
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’narrow chinks of his cavern.’’William
Sometimes I go about pitying myself and all along my soul is being blown by great..Will it be the language of checklist?
Age of people
Number of houses
How people make their living
How about the language of organization?
Whatsthe problem with these approaches to defining community to understanding community?
Answer: there is no life in them!
Building community is about creating structures and interactions that bring usand our fellow community members fully alive.
Interactions are actions between people
A PATTERN IS…
1) A customary way of operation or behavior
2) A series of elements that relate toone another in a consistent way
COMMUNITY QUALITY EQUATION
quality of community = sum (quality of its interactions)
There is a central quality which isthe root criterion of life and spirit in a man, town, a building, or a wilderness.
This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.
‘’ the search we make for this quality, in our ownlives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person’s story.
Is is the search for those moments and situations when we are most alive.
‘’we know that this quality isthere when we feel most fully alive’’
‘’ in order to define this quality in buildings and in towns, we must begin by understanding that every place is given its character by certain patterns of...