My Journey

jacqueline.s
Posted March 18, 2017 from Australia

My name is Jacqueline and I am from Australia. I come from a rural area in Australia, but I currently live in one of the major cities. Coming from a rural area, the sense of community is strong. My love for the community was expanded during my time visiting many countries in Asia andLatin Americaand living ina smallmountain townin Canada.Community is the essence ofbeinghuman, connecting, sharing and supporting. However in my current place, I feel the idea of community is more dissolved as individualism becomes further embedded. I see many of the most marginalised people segregated from what is remaining the mainstream community. People turn a blind eye to the needs of others and welcoming others, families, men, women and children alike.I volunteer with local migrants in the community and it saddens me that they come from places where community was at the essence of their life and here they are isolated.On top of this political voices are continuing to exemplify this and I can imagine this is on the basis of no real meaningful engagement with international students, migrants and refugees. Yet the resilience and gratitude fromthe community of new arrived peoples to Australia thatI have met has been a shining light.I would like to see a more inclusive and welcoming community. Diversity is our strength and I will commit to keep this community alive.

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Jill Langhus
Mar 19, 2017
Mar 19, 2017

Hi Jacqueline. Thanks for sharing your story. It's good to hear that you are so passionate about community. I lived in several different areas in the U.S. and every place had a different feel, but I don't feel like any of the cities had much of sense of community. It is sad because it seemed like people had more the mentality "every man for themselves," rather than really be concerned for others. How do you plan to keep the community feeling alive in your town?

nessa s
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017

Hi Jacqueline - it is sad that everywhere individualism and greed seems to be supplanting community - when I was younger in Scotland you could see that happening, although amongst many girls and women there was still a sense of communal pride. In London I see none of that! Nessa x

Bim Adegbite
Mar 29, 2017
Mar 29, 2017

Indeed Jacqueline!!!  I believe we were made to be part of community and I sure hope we find our way back to community in our individual lives to effect change in our world.  I'm glad you are an example and I believe your efforts will truly make a difference.  Thanks for sharing

Bim