Lost community: what community means in a modern world

Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.
— Max Carver

A community can be defined in many ways. One defintion of the word is that it is a unified body of individuals. Another is that communities are groups of people who share a sense of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.

The sense you get from these definition is that they are talking about a kind of community that existed some thirty, forty, fifty years ago. We are no longer a 'unified' body of individuals and we no longer hold common interests, attitudes and goals. At least not like we once did.

The question has to be asked - why? Is it because of a decline in church going? Hassecularization of the society led to a loss of community through a distinct lack of cohesive values and attitudes?

Prominent author Hugh Mackay believes that social media and technology create an illusory sense of 'connectedness'.

Hugh Mackay for the Sydney Morning Herald:

Meanwhile, the IT revolution makes it easier for us not to see each other, while creating the illusion of connectedness.

Whatever the cause of society's lack of sense of community it is plain that our lack of 'fellowship with others' is creating a lot of social problems that no-one seems to have the answer to. One such example is increasing and alarming amount of people addicted to the drug ice.

Perhaps the meaning of community is best described in this piece of prose by John Donne.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne

Perhaps more empathy and less judgement is needed to create change as Max Carver stated. As John Donne said 'no man is an island'.

What are your thoughts?