Social environment. This term is chaotic at best. It has dramaticly changed over the last twenty five years with the invent of the internet. It has moved from the close knit interaction of family,friends and co-workers to the unseen people around the world.
What if anything has changed in this scenario of one on one interaction of texting,facebook,instagram,tweeting and maybe using the phone too? What does this one on one interaction do to our social paradigm if anything? Is it good,bad,or indifferent? Is this different than how we were doing it before? Does it matter?
I believe that this is all a very large and complicated issue that can reach into alot of other issues of our time. I will take this topic into one of those issues as we go along. I think that the word social and the word community need to be defined before we get to deep into conversation.
The word “Social” derives from the Latin word socii (“allies”) .The term social refers to a characteristic of living organisms as applied to populations of humans and other animals. It always refers to the interaction of organisms with other organisms and to their collective co-existence, irrespective of whether they are aware of it or not, and irrespective of whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.Above reference is from Wikipedia
If we use this as our basis for going forward we will have a starting point. First, this concept from the start just expounds with the thought of ‘people’, not just two but of multiple people. It is a large scenario. It is an interaction of people that their ‘invisible’ beliefs,characteristics,life,and bond that set them as a unit. Now we know that there are an endless amount of ‘units’ in the world. But it is these ‘units’ that are what are interwoven into the world. Some good,bad, and indifferent. It is these social units that make up our ‘civilization’ as we know it. We are all apart of one, maybe more.
But there is, in all of us just one overriding ‘unit’ that is our lifeblood. It is not recognized for most people in the realm of the ‘unit’, in what the bond is until we dig deep into ourselves or into the ‘unit’ itself.
This ‘unit’ that we can’t see or feel is the one that controls us in everything we do or say or believe. It is the ‘state’ of being ‘in’ the world or ‘of’ the world. It is this ‘status’ that we must ‘know’ to realize where we stand.
This is what the ‘community’ is. This is what God’s people are. If we understand what the ‘community’ is, we will understand our role. It is not what we do as the community as much as the ‘who we are’. Let us first realize who we are, a ‘community’ of God. The rest will take care of itself.