PBP12: K is also for Kin
Recently, Devo posted How Can You Support Community When You Suffer From Misanthropy?, and it got us talking in chat. Chabas said:
“If I fix the world around me, and everyone does their bit for that, the Kemetic community such as it is will follow as a natural consequence of, y’know, the world running better. If I put my energy into fixing the Kemetic community, it’ll do jack-shit for the world as a whole.”
Two very distinct viewpoints, both of which got me thinking.
I have no kin, in the religious sense. My practice sidles up alongside the practices of others in some places, but the shit that I am doing (or trying to do, anyway) is not the same shit anyone else is doing. I am a large splotchy-lump-that-used-to-be-a-circle that venn diagrams all over the place- some cover bigger chunks than others. But in the end it’s just me, and a community cannot consist of only one.
I get my religious-community-fix at The Cauldron. TC has been my home for a while, now. (Next month it will be seven years!) There are a lot of people there whom I consider good friends; there a lot of intelligent people whose opinions I respect on a wide variety of subjects.
Outside of TC… I love my family, but I am not exceptionally close with anyone besides my parents. I have a few friends I talk to sporadically, but only online. By my own choices, I have cut ties with all of my former meat-space friends. I will make new friends eventually- after I move- but the reality of the fact is I have very-little-to-no interaction with other communities, or the world at large. I live in a bubble.
So when I am faced with the desire to help make the world a better place… what does that mean in practice? Is change more effective in a ripple-out method (improve the small communities I am a part of, and hope the change spreads without petering out) or trickle-down method (improve the world at large, and hope that there’s enough momentum to work down)? While I believe that everyone can make a change, I am also a realist- I am a single person. I will not change the world. I can try- and that effort is not lessened by a diminished audience/effective zone- but my name will not be remembered.
Do you have religious kin? How do you think change is most effective?