A community is according to the dictionary : a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists .
Groups of people living in somewhat close association, and usually under common rules.
Is it important to Goreans to be together as a community? My opinion is, yes!
Many people came to understand Gor and the ideals that are associated with it. Some are lead to believe from online people that reading the books, understanding them, is what is necessary to *be* Gorean. Others think that understanding the books is important but more important still is the idea of natural order, and men’s as well as women’s place in it.
Those people find each other (also) in a chat venue like Palace Chat (PalGor); they mingle with people that they enjoy being around, talking to, dealing with, trusting with their personal information and so on.
How can we be a successful community ?
To be successful is to have a clear and realistic set of community goals.
Absolutely paramount is knowing what your community is, what you intend it to function as, and what the overall goals are.
Notably, you need a reason for people to join your community and be active within it. Not that long ago someone of the community told me that we became “discussion Gor” and lesser and lesser an active community. I tend to agree…
If you intend for your community to be long-lived, give it the scope and breathing space to mature and grow
For a community to grow, there must be a foothold in compromise and agreement. Without it, “no community” stands on its own.
People are people, and communities always have their fair share of personal disputes, disagreements and complexities. You will need to have the ability to deal with some of the personalities you might find in your community.
Another important factor to be successful as a community is consistency.
Consistency equals trust, and trust brings loyalty. ( a good example of this is our Sardar Fairs held each quarter)
Last but not least : listen and be flexible – be ready to change should your community require it. And no ; I’m certainly not preaching about keeping others ideals, or watering down your beliefs.
In closing, be who you are, not who someone else thinks you should be. Don’t ask someone how to do it either, do it yourself, even to a fault. In doing so, you might just find yourself on the receiving end of …. Community.
“In the beliefs of the red savages the welfare of the whole, that of the tribe, takes precedence over the welfare of the individual. In the thinking of the red savages the right to diminish the community does not lie within the prerogatives of the individual.” – Blood Brothers of Gor page 11
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