The Common Life
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Christina Hernandez Ms. Turner AP Lang/ Comp 2B 10 February 2010 The Truth About Common Life Our world exists and operates with a complete sense of balance. Trees flourish around the globe providing the entire human race with oxygen to breathe, while humans immediately return the favor with carbon dioxide, which trees need to survive. What one does not need seems to be essential to another, causing effortless stability. The balance of life continues even in common communities everywhere. Scott Russell, the author of "The Common Life," believes "dwelling in a web of relationships" is a necessity and "essential to our humanity." Though Russell seems to provide some qualifications to his bold statement, the idea is farfetched and a bit naïve.
The ones demanding their attention reflect more selfish qualities for not allowing the individuals the respect and dignity of being who they are. A community can become "vulnerable" for a massive number of reasons; most of which are entirely more threatening than the average shy citizen. Encouraging every person to be involved in a "web of relationships" brings a laughable smirk on my face, whether the pettiness of the statement causes this or the underlying negative connotations it brings about. The idea promotes meddlesome curiosity and involvement with business not concerning ones self, dramatic situations, and conflict; none of which a community necessarily needs to survive or prosper for that matter.
Citizens rejecting the "web", or apparently recognized as "the common life," add to the essential necessity for balance. With the minority functioning and living in society, we experience the divine luxury of a balanced world. Scott Russell seems to forget the serious need for diversity in a community. Forcing citizens to step out of their comfort zones and abide by a certain status quo allows no society to properly function. A "web of relationships" may hold a number of people "upright" and support their needs; however, what may work for one certainly does not pertain to all. Diversity and individualism supports the world's effortless balance. Any forces acting upon the natural function of the world should stop immediately before irreversible damage results. ?? ?? ?? ?? ` Hernandez 1
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