chapter  1
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Why talk about community?

Currently the term ‘community’ has become popular and acceptable again. Although we use the term in many contexts, to refer to an infinite variety of ideas, we always return to the fundamental theme of man together as opposed to man alone. In fact, community may be thought of as the other side of the coin presented in the dominant twentieth-century concern with ‘alienated’ man. It is the modern fear of nakedness and .aloneness that has increasingly led writers, artists, theologians, politicians, and others to seek a positive form of asso­ ciation. Ironically, a century ago intellectuals despaired of the tyranny of communities because they feared the suppression of individuality and personal desires. But today communal man has an attractive image: he is not competitive, selfish, and driven, but is dedicated, committed, and, most important, ‘belongs’.