“A sense of connection is the most important aspect of a community,” Agree or disagree?
I personally believe that a sense of connection is a necessary part of a community, although it is not, in my opinion, the most important. The more significant factors of a community are undoubtedly the living necessities, required to keep us alive, these being food, water and a potential place to live.
I believe that these necessities are notably more important than a sense of connection. A community should be comfortable and safe, where there is a sustainable source of food or water. If this were to be reversed, with an unreliable source of food, the sense of insecurity would grow and I definitely value a sense of security highly within a community.
I also believe that there are other aspects can also be of higher importance. My opinion was influenced by our ‘What is a Community?’ lesson, where we ranked, in our opinion, aspects in order of the most importance. Several other points include a stable government. This once again related back to the idea of security and a sense of safety, which I value over connection.
However, after considering my own opinions, I find it important to consider other possibilities. A sense of connection itself has been an idea proposed or supported by several authors, these being Seymour M. Sarason, McMillan and Chavis and well as Mr. Gusfield. Each have their own theories, but in one way or another they imply a sense of connection as a necessary aspect.
In addition to this, a sense of connection brings with it a sense of belonging and home. Without it residents can feel isolated, which I can relate to after my experience in Bangkok living in a small apartment in the midst of more buildings. However, knowing locals or a friend in the area definitely improves the general experience, therefore I value a sense of connection.
To conclude, I value differing opinions, although I myself believe that other principles contribute and structure a safer community in other ways, with a sense of connection appearing further down on the list. Despite this, a sense of connection still plays a vital part in the structure of a community.