Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A vague and non accusatory account on the spirit of community

I started to write some notes a while back, on the back of an envelope in typical Suzie fashion. Spare time on my hands has led me to believe I should begin to tie up these loose threads of interest that I have flirted with but never followed through.
I am at a point right now where I have to follow a path, a route, a journey. As if life is even as simple as that! I've finished my degree (fine art no less) and have the world at my feet, but no resources (ie. money!)

I appear to have veered quite off topic. This was supposed to be about the spirit of community.

So, an event I attended a while back now led me to re evaluate my feelings on particular 'communities.' This is of course, a sweeping generalisation and I of all people should know better. But let me take a moment to express myself. It was at this point that I began to question what community meant to some people, and in turn, myself. Why does an affiliation with a particular group allow one the right to question a persons status within that group? Is there some community rule book I forget to pick up from Waterstone's? Surely community is about inclusivity? After this event I began to think it was more a case that if you wore and said the right thing you were in, if not you were definitely out.

No one should have to adhere to someone else's rules, morals or obligations in regard to how to live their life. Assuming they aren't hurting anyone in process! Integrity is something to be admired, not feared. We don't have to agree on everything to be a community but the least we can do is respect each others differences.

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