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Commute to Communicate with the Community


Everyday, you see people (unless you are a hermit). Every person who we pass by each day are numbered by the dozens to the hundreds and then the thousands. You forget that there are millions throughout the countries and the Earth’s population of over 8 billions on this Earth.

Now let ask me you, do we know them all?

No, we don’t. It is impossible to know everyone who were born, live or dead. We have limits to explore to soul search.

I sometimes look around and ask myself. Who are these people around me? Why do we exist in the society we live in? How can we live in the same place without knowing each other’s name? So many of the questions about us live as a so-called community. It doesn’t bother me, but I wonder.


VERB [no object] 1. Share or exchange information, news, or ideas; 1.1 [with object] Impart or pass on (information, news, or ideas); 1.2 [with object]  Convey or transmit (an emotion or feeling) in a non-verbal way; 1.3 Succeed in conveying one’s ideas or in evoking understanding in others; 1.4 (Of two people) be able to share and understand each other’s thoughts and feelings; 2. [with object] Pass on (an infectious disease) to another person or animal; 2.1 Transmit (heat or motion); 3. (often as adjective communicating) (Of two rooms) have a common connecting door; 4. Receive Holy Communion.


NOUN 1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common; 1.1 A group of people living together and practising common ownership; 1.2 A particular area or place considered together with its inhabitants; 1.3 A body of nations or states unified by common interest; 1.4 (the community) The people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities; society; 1.5 [as modifier] Denoting a worker or resource designed to serve the people of a particular area.

2. [mass noun] The condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common; 2.1 [in singular] A similarity or identity; 2.2 Joint ownership or liability; 3. Ecology A group of interdependent plants or animals growing or living together in natural conditions or occupying a specified habitat.


VERB 1. [no object] Travel some distance between one’s home and place of work on a regular basis; 2. [with object] Reduce (a judicial sentence, especially a sentence of death) to another less severe one; 2.1 (commute something for/into) Change one kind of payment or obligation for (another); 2.2 Replace (an annuity or other series of payments) with a single payment; 3. [no object] Mathematics (Of two operations or quantities) have a commutative relation.

If from an animal’s point of view, one must be persevere for main purpose is to spread its seeds to the next generation. One being would have to cross into the wild aimlessly to find another of its kind. Yet, there are dangers and natural forces at work including extinction. Luckily for humankind, we created civilizations where numerous families gather instead of roaming for survival. We are a very populated species. As we know, it took over millenniums of human history (if you could imagine it) to become a more united world.

Over many generations ago, we had to meet people only in person. The closest place to look is near home. We had to travel some distance between one’s home in order to meet someone. If you look back, the typical friendships and acts of courtship are among the people who are usually close by to you.

But it is not the case these days because of modern technology to communicate with someone. It is convenient to reach people who are faraway where there are a much lesser chance of meeting and talking to people like pen pals. But think about it, you could be speaking to someone on the internet for a long time could be someone close by. People who are trying to make new companionship are now so short-sighted that you can befriend someone who is happens to be right next to you. For reference of this argument, How “to Befriend”, not “Friend” to be Friends and you’ll know.

This is also where there is a community. You may not live in the same are but you share a common cause, interest or something else. These are the people you like network with because they support your own mission in life. Similar individuals need to be together but it cannot always be done.

We need to travel around otherwise it can be hassle due lack of common interest and of other factors. Try looking into your neighborhood; it is the closest and common ground of finding playmates or company. Go to school or work; if not those, there are public locations such as parks and taverns to find company of both familiar or just strangers even from afar. A place such as being in a small town or a village is where there is only a fixed population. Some rather go to another place such as the next town or a bigger one like a city. Sometimes even farther as another country could take hours or days of travel (before we have advanced transportation such as airplanes and trains).

Although socialization is important, we have to adjust our individual lifestyles to accommodate for others. Not just for families but for friends, co-workers and even ourselves for self-interest and improvement. There is a limit of time to divide our leisure and we choose how much we are willing to invest. It’s not simple to, but there is no time but the present.

One conversation makes a difference in one’s life. You have to go to some distance to make that connection. Just talking can make a law of attraction possible. Communication is key; not by messaging on Facebook but by actual meeting. If so, you can make a group selfie. This is also why some long-distance relationships work because of the commitment to commute to each other.

Now commute. Your next-door-neighbor can be someone in your life.

Author: Igniza

Just a freelanced and anonymous female writer with an oddity of interests and of such to write about.

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