All Human achievements are first thoughts before they become things. So the creations of communities such as cities, governments, armies, as well as communal achievements such as conquests and discoveries— everything that goes to make a community — must spring from a community's thoughts. Hence:
A Community: is that group of people sharing beliefs that allow a communal understanding which is:
• Expressed in the Unique Language allowed by the shared beliefs about words, their meaning and use.
• United by Agreement on manners, decency and justice, which is the founding morality that dictates the duty of every citizen
• Remembered by tradition, which is continued through successive generations by traditional child rearing.
• Upheld by violence inflicted upon:
• Citizens who deny tradition by stigmatising and persecuting them as criminals, traitors, cowards, lunatics etc.
• Other Communities by killing or enslaving their citizens.
Hence the alibility to inflict violence is a measure of the strength of an understanding, which is a function of the knowledge, determination and ability to think clearly of that understanding. Thus:
i. The Wealth And Achievements obtained by communal understanding are dependent upon the successful use of violence. 'Pax Romana' only existed as long as the Ancient Romans were willing and able to inflict superior violence upon their enemies.
ii. A Community That Recoils From Violence is a community whose understanding has become senile and is thus doomed.
• Refined by Conversation, which is the daily expression and exchange of individual opinions; a mechanism that amends communal understanding by promoting popular, while suppressing unpopular, notions. That is, all those ideas which match common feelings of right and wrong, will be repeated and magnified into reasons to act, while those which receive little or no support will inevitably be ignored; which makes conversation the ideas filter, or the mind, of the community.
A Communal Mind: is similar in operation to an individual mind, except that audible conversation replaces silent thoughts; but the mechanism of understanding is the same—ideas, expressed in words, which are filtered by a code of values to determine which should become reasons for action. If a man is an irrational vegetarian crank whose conversation is mainly tirades against imaginary persecutors, then it is this process that will decide the man's future— whether as a despised social outcast, or as an absolute monarch, like Hitler. This does not mean that everyone believes what is popular, but unpopular concepts are ignored. Consequently:
1. By sharing the same process of thought as individuals, communal minds are subject to the same shortcomings of understanding as individuals:
i. Understanding appears only after the formation of a basic set of values (morality), which become an essential and immutable part of the creature.
ii. Personality As the understanding of an individual confers a personality, so does the understanding of a community, and this the culture of the community.
iii. Honesty depends upon their nature, if unselfish, they will revere truth; otherwise truth will be discarded in favour of convenience. (See the two modes of communities.)
iv. Sanity may be lost, a graphic example being the Nazi phenomenon, when a whole nation behaved as a lunatic.
v. Senility may occur as the organ that allows understanding fails; in the individual it is a corruption of the brain, and in a community it is a corruption of tradition. (see the difference between Insanity and Senility .)
2. As words are the currency of thought, the use of language is critical to both private and public understanding, with the particular choice of words revealing the nature of an author's understanding. So the nature of the literature published by a community must reflect the nature of that community's understanding. Hence the history of a community's literature must be the history of that community's understanding.
3. As the nature and concerns of communal conversation are echoed by the media, the media can be considered the mirror of the mind of our society, with the character displayed by the media being the character of our community.
A Simple Example of the creation and development of a Communal Understanding (a community) can be found in the book "The Great Trek" by Oliver Ransford. This history of the Boers describes how these people came together and formed a communal understanding, expressed in its own unique language —Afrikaner. It also reveals the essential role of violence necessary for the Boers to assert themselves among other communities. Indeed Boer tradition celebrates victories like Vegkop and Blood River as of crucial and lasting significance.
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