On Community: An Anonymous Saying from a Country School

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 6:27am
On Community: An Anonymous Saying from a Country School

A simple phrase quoted at a rural elementary school has us contemplating its meanings.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Executive Editor / Chief Content Officer for On Being
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An grandmother and her grandson in Baoding, Hebei — a village in northern China known for its tradition of rural community service.

Credit: Thomas F. Peng License: Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"I am who we are."

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I heard this quoted at my nephews' charming elementary school in Castle Rock, Minnesota yesterday and have been turning the phrase in my mind ever since. Any immediate reflections come to mind as you ponder this saying?

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Trent Gilliss is the driving editorial and creative force behind On Being. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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32Reflections

We are all one...all reflections of one another and the world around us. There is no separation.

Each individual represents the community as a whole. If individuals choose not to abide by a moral code of conduct, for example, the community, or the "we," will no longer embody ethics and value.

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