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  • Writer's pictureDr. Robert V. Gerard

Community Tidbits from A to Z

Updated: Sep 4, 2023


A good community lays the foundation for a harmonious humankind. It all began about nine thousand years ago when God told Adam and Eve to make Him a community.

So, over seven hundred years, with many whammies, they created the first community on Earth.

Cane and Able had different ideas, girlfriends, and land, and they made many families, each growing enormously.

So, the families reconfigured themselves into tribes.

Upon the Garden of Eden’s closure, many unique tribes formed, and little communities appeared throughout the region.

So, to identify each other, they used facial paint and dressed to their fancy. The origin of flags and heralds became a reality.

As the larger communities gained power, they felt better than the smaller communities. Sometimes, they got aggressive and hurt the weaker communities.

So, to protect themselves, communities learned to scare the people of the larger communities.

As the larger communities expanded, they gained power in the number of people and needed protection.

So, they formed a sub-community, eventually known as their Army.

Once the Army was unified and became sovereign, they mobilized. Now, they were self-sufficient and powerful. Armies needed food and supplies, so many smaller communities followed the troops and made a bunch of mobile mini-communities.

So, the realization of having a fighting force prevailed throughout several regions.

Soon, any neighboring community that did not agree with the Army community was dismantled.

So, opposing communities merged to fight off the unfriendly community’s Army.

Tribal and self-proclaimed generals were so powerful they claimed themselves kings. Kings became the power over these communities. Those of wealth wanted to be known.

So, they started their communities on mountaintops and along rivers all over the countryside and called them kingdoms.

That meant money management. You can’t have an army unless you pay the warriors. The largest kingdom did well, and many smaller domains got to work for the larger ones.

So, taxes were invented.

Kingdoms had two classes of people: the powerful wealthy and the poor, helpless servants.

So, the upper class did well to educate themselves while doing their best to keep the lower classes ignorant. After all, who will wash the dishes and bury the dead?

Then, God came back and initiated a unique community called the Hebrews. This clan was serious, had a purpose, and a leader.

So, they sought change and found themselves enslaved.

A time passed; large communities became cities. Cities became centers for greed and ambition, which grew beyond their boundaries.

So, if you entered a city and proclaimed your uniqueness, chances were the enforcement would enslave you.

Accumulating wealth became the norm, but attaining wealth was next to impossible for peasants who lured themselves into the cities to frolic and escape their misereres.

So, the cities became places of deceit, decadence, and crime. And with that, rival cities sought the pearls of the other.

Then God again came back with another idea for a community: Christianity, or was it Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamism, or Communism?

So, they sought change and found themselves enslaved under the confines of the mighty global rulers.

Cities were communities that gathered wealth. They had laws to protect that wealth. Whether Kings, Sultans, Emperors, Generals, or Warlords, cities provided the opportunities to show their wealth and objects of victories.

So, imagine the minds of jealous and death-defying leaders. Cities were the cornerstones of fame and wealth, which held treasures to be confiscated by neighboring aggressive and powerful rulers.

No matter what millennia you choose, acquiring fame and wealth remains the target of the unsettled political mind. We could say that the most important city within a nation is its State Capitol, or should I say “Capital”?

So, where’s the money and fame?

As we progress into the twenty-first century, the notion of a Nation has engineered itself to proclaim itself as a sovereign community.

So, what can Nations do that is discomforting? Yep, exercise its quest for money and power, which seems to be an endless objective of narrow-minded rulers.

We must concede that the final evolution of a community triumphs over the global collection of Nations or, more appropriately stated, a Global Earth Community.

So, what do we say to every ruler and politician who seeks their selfish greed and ambition? Here’s a quote to ponder from Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut:

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.

From out there on the Moon, international politics looks so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”


Dr. Robert V. Gerard

Copyright © 2023 Robert V Gerard


821 words [ 22 August 2023 ]

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