New Community Designs
When Zoologists create habitats for exotic wild animals they take great care to study the habits and instincts of the animal to ensure that they are creating an environment in which the animal will be most likely to thrive and have healthy offspring. Why would we take any less care in creating the habitat for ourselves and our children?
Think of a bee hive. There is a certain number of bees that make up a hive. When there is the right number of bees, everyone has what they need. They each know their jobs and do them for the good of the hive. Would bees be happier and experience greater well-being if you separated them each in their own hive that you built for them and then supplied all the honey they need? Everyone intuitively knows that providing separate little hives would never lead to greater well-being for bees. They might have an easier life because they don't have to build their own hive or gather their own nectar or turn the nectar into honey, but they don't have a greater sense of well-being because they are separated from the hive and have no meaning or purpose to their lives.
Could humans also have a certain number of family and friends that will bring balance and well-being to a human habitat?
Could building and toiling for the good of the tribe be the very thing that brings a sense of belonging and a sense of well-being to humans?
Is it possible, like the bees, that part of our human instinct is to build our own habitat?
Some questions about our current community designs and social structure will help to define a better human habitat with better outcomes.
- What if the sense of belonging is required for long term happiness and well-being.
- What if paying for a place to live makes you feel like an unwelcome stranger, preventing a sense of belonging?
- What if our social structure within the workplace prevents any possibility of experiencing a sense of belonging?
- What if single family dwellings result in disconnected families who never feel like they belong?
- What if disconnected people commit more crimes against their neighbors?
- What if the environment of competition in the local marketplace leads to unethical business in the global marketplace?
"We encourage everyone to design their community with well-being as the bottom line. Only then are we empowered as an individuals to solve world hunger, pollution, corruption, war and every other practice that prevents global well-being."
--Teré Foster, founder of GlobalWell-Being.org.
What is the perfect human habitat?
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