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Community of People
It seems like these days are about division and self-interest…at least in America. If this sounds like a negative post for a site such as PHAME-US, then this prose is hitting its mark. Perhaps leaving an election year (2012) of partisan divide in politics, with themes positioning those who have versus those who have not, added to the separation of states. Today, we recognize states in our country, not by their mottos, their cities, or their flags. They are now recognized as being “red” or “blue”. It is almost like we have forgotten that we are the United States of America.
I am reminded of the words in the beginning John Donne’s Meditation 17 in 1624, “No man is an island, entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Similarly, I think of the bible’s interpretation (Message version) of Matthew 5: 9, “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
To this end, I am hoping that this website will be a site of cooperation, with perhaps some compromise. But mostly, I am hopeful this site will increase compliments for the deserving, promote collaboration among the interested, share in the commitments of others, campaign for that which needs advocacy, and most of all…be an online community of people.

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