Originally Posted by MonoVCPHG
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the idea of “community”.
I think I feel where you are coming from here and have expressed somewhat similar concerns somewhere else.
Sociology is a funny thing. Hell, humans are funny things !
"Communities" by nature have the characteristic of taking on personalities of their own. No place here to go into my theories surrounding both the physics and psychology of that. Sufficient to acknowledge their existence.
But what you have picked up is at least partially why I/we don't particularly 'identify' with a 'poly' community except as an acknowledgment that we do share those certain small pieces with others. But it's certainly not some major, foundational part of a self definition.
Because one of the natures of 'communities' are their tendency to develop or attract all of the dynamics of other human systems including power play, conflict, subdivision etc. And at least for me, I think we all get along much better without these elements.
So we're "in" and "out" at the same time. Much like I suspect you feel.