Monday, January 26, 2009


We're beginning to see a clear outline of a new kind of community involving caffected couples who share a high degree of wisdom, passion and real acceptance of who they are and what they believe. Peter Block writes about social interactions in a macro way. His newest offering, Community: The Structure of Belonging*, addresses the fragmentation of our society, and offers a unique perspective on why we seem unable to cure social ills: because we maintain our peculiarly western attitude, "let's itemize our problems" at them, which effectively gives them a new lease on life. Thus, according to Block, by attempting to solve problems, we highlight them and the cycle continues. Instead, the author says, we need to change the conversation to make it say what future we envision, and it cannot help but happen that way.
*San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2008

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