‘A sense of connection is the most important aspect of a community.’ Agree or Disagree?
Well first and foremost, let’s cover what a community is and what a connection is.
So what is a community? according to the Oxford Dictionary, a community is “the people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities”. So to put it in a more simple fashion, a group of people who live together in terms of responsibility and social ideas/values.
So if that’s what a community is, what is a connection, specifically a connection in a community? Well according to the reliable source, Oxford Dictionary (which added the words “twerk” and “selfie” to the dictionary), a connection is “people with whom one has social or professional contact or to whom one is related, especially those with influence and able to offer one help”. So to me that means a connection in a community is when you have a a social or professional contact with the people in your community. So what having a connection with your community means is that you are in contact in one way or another with the people in your community.
So if I had to pick a side, I think I would have to side with the “agree” side and that is for one simple reason, which is: what really is a community without a sense of connection? some people would say that utilities are more important to a community, but I don’t consider it a community if there is no sense of connection. We don’t consider animals who live together or near each other a community, for the simple reason that they don’t have a connection with one and other. So really, a community is nothing without a connection, the same way a person needs oxygen to live, a community needs people to have connections within it to thrive. If we didn’t have this connection, we would just be a lot of people living in the same general area, having nothing at all in common, so we might as well being living on completely different sides of Australia for all it matters.
So in the end in my opinion, a connection between people is essential within a community and there could be nothing more important.