The New Oxford American Dictionary defines community as "a group of people living together in one place." This definition, however is way too ambiguous. To truly define community, one must look within themselves as well as look around at the people who surround them. To me, community is defined as every person on this Earth. We all live together on this one planet, we share the same resources, breathe the same air, and live under the same sky.
There are a million problems facing this global community. As is most highlighted in news stories, there is the global economic crisis, with dozens of economic systems on the verge of collapse. There is also the new H1N1 epidemic, as well as the continuing hunger problem. In third-world countries, there are uneducated, malnourished orphans who will go through life without getting a glimpse of the wonders that this world holds. There are people who are forced to grow up at a young age in order to take care of others' needs. There are countless, nameless individuals with nobody to go to for help. Amidst all these seemingly overwhelming problems, there is one that tops them all: apathy. Apathy has the potential to be the downfall of humanity. We could kill ourselves by allowing the above problems to bury us.
Arnold Toynbee, author of A Study of History, once said "Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice." So many problems can be solved if only the people of this earth would attempt to look for answers. Instead of throwing out old clothes and toys, donate them to a local non-profit enterprise that works to help individuals affected by the economic crisis. Become a frequent donator or volunteer at a Salvation Army in order to battle hunger and homelessness. Donate small amounts of money to the Red Cross and other organizations dedicated to bringing a better life to third-world and developing countries.
Solutions to the biggest of problems can be the smallest actions. When you think of the word "community," keep in mind that the young child in Iran who has been orphaned by war has as much in common as a child in the United States who is being bullied on the playground. Do not let these problems be the end of us.
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-Edward Everett Hale