A community is defined as a group of members who live in a certain locality and interact with one another while sharing common interests or goals. The concept of community has expanded over the last several decades, and three main types of communities are generally identified. These are geographic communities, communities of interest and virtual community.
Communities are important because they allow people to interact with each other, share experiences, develop valued relationships and work toward a common goal. Without communities, people would have to live isolated lives with minimal or no contact outside of their immediate circle. Getting to know new people is essential to the enrichment of a person’s life.
Living in functional communities help maintain a good and progressive society. People do not have to handle their issues on their own because they have other people who can offer help. Moreover, communities have a fundamental impact on the development of children. They provide the environment that helps a child’s brain develop.
A person’s skills and resources are directly related to his participation in various aspects of a community, such as education, employment and recreation. A positive community hones the skills of a person and helps him achieve his goals. People feel connected to one another in a community, and they are interdependent on each other for many reasons. Members of a community also feel motivated in achieving a desired outcome. They feel a sense of worth in performing certain activities with other members. They share resources and interests. A community allows peace and order to exist by enforcing formal and informal rules, laws, ethics and customs.
So with this in mind to be part of a community and to understand your position in that community is important.