Building communities: another look at human nature

By | June 21, 2012
You'd think that Hollywood, media, and economic expectations have all brainwashed us into greedy, selfish individuals. Yet it appears that nature has a solution for that: as Biblical as it might sound, send a flood to wash the bad folk away.

Communities that take care of themselves and band together are more resilient to natural catastrophe, and the greedy loner fails to survive. Creativity, lack of panic, caring and sharing are desirable qualities in everyday life for everyone except people too high up to care, and as it seems, critical ones in emergencies. So, what is so hard about aligning important people and formal organization with those natural values? Why does everyday life have to be different?

/via +Kevin Smith 

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2 thoughts on “Building communities: another look at human nature

  1. Nils Hitze

    You get Communities everywhere, not only in disasters – look at the everygrowing number of TechCommunities & Hackerspaces. Not all is lost

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  2. Sophie Wrobel

    +Preston McDonald it doesn't have to be a conspiracy. Put it this way: what kind of person does it take to run an economically successful business? It's definitely not your 'family man' or 'working mother' – that kind of career is too taxing, and would mean needing to give up family and a considerable number of personal relationships in their immediate community. The reward, therefore, is often something else: power, money, and the need to make something out of yourself. Those who are truely concerned about others and willing to make the same sacrifice end up running successful charities or non-profit organizations as opposed to corporations.

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