Who is part of your community? Is it the people that live in your apartment building? Is it the people that live on your street? Is it the people that you work or study with? Is it the people that you worship with? Community can be somewhat of an abstract concept because it can be formed in so many ways around so many ideas. People form communities around sports, food, music, and practically anything else you can think of. While traditional communities have been formed in person, the emergence of digital communication has allowed communities to exist virtually, without having to be in the same city, country or even continent. Being part of a community is a common human practice around the world. But why do humans participate in these types of relationships and how can we make our communities the most beneficial possible?
First, if a community is to be beneficial to its members and the world around it, it must be built on compassion. Communities with love at their core tend to not only survive but thrive amidst the swirling, unfiltered chaos of the world. Communities that are built on greed or hate not only make the world a less pleasant place but are also impractical and unsustainable in the long run. This is because, for a community to be successful, its members must be conscious not only of their needs but also of the needs of the group as a whole. There are times when individuals might have to make sacrifices for the overall good of the community or even just to help an individual friend. When there is an underlying understanding that the community is built on love and compassion, these sacrifices are worth it and will also be “paid back” as new issues arise. However, if a community is built on greed and egotism, the individual members will not be cared for and so making sacrifices isn’t worth it. The intentions of the community and its members are foundational and should be considered in every scenario. If a community isn’t built around love and compassion, it likely won’t nurture its members and will fail in the long run.
Once a community is centered around these positive principals, ideas like efficiency and efficacy can be implemented to make the group more sustainable and practical for its members. Having good intentions is crucial for building a beneficial community but it is equally important that these intentions can be translated into practical actions. Wanting to help someone is not the same as actually helping them and so it is our responsibility to convert our thoughts into actions. Bartering is one way that communities can practically implement sustainable compassion for its community members. When people exchange goods and services instead of paying for them with traditional money, they are able to define value on their own terms, there is significantly less waste produced and each individual benefits from both giving away something they don’t need while receiving something that they do. Even if a community isn’t subscribed to bartering, it is important that the members are conscious of the needs of the group and are willing to take measures to meet these needs.
The beautiful thing about community is that when it is created in a positive, sustainable way, it naturally grows and evolves around its members. The rate at which people join communities can vary based on a variety of factors but it almost always grows exponentially. As more people join a community, more outsiders see the benefits and decide to join. In turn this increases the visibility of the community, drawing in more users. The compound nature in which community grows is a truly powerful force and is one that we should all be aware of.
The Alset Community is built on these principles of compassion and practicality. By providing users with an open source platform for exchanging goods and services, Alset has created a space for people to interact with each other in meaningful, beneficial ways. Our community is built on an abundance mindset that suggests that everyone can get what they need if we are conscious and considerate of how we use and share our resources. We believe that so many of the goods and services that we outsource to billion dollar corporations can actually be attained at home within our smaller communities. We hope you’ll join our growing community on its journey to create a more compassionate, efficient world for everyone.
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This post was written by Rc Diedrich. You can contact him at email@example.com.