the actualized community

by Bernard De Koven on February 27, 2012

I was thinking about confluence and coliberation, as I oft do, and started wondering if there were an equivalent to self-actualization, but on a social scale. In other words, would it make sense, under some given circumstances, to describe a community, or even a society, as having become self-actualized?

Self-actualization, as Maslow described it, is “the desire for self-fulfillment, namely the tendency for him [the individual] to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.”[wikipedia]” Does a community have a similar desire? Does it ever achieve it?

I’m thinking that the fun community (a.k.a. the play community) is such a community, moving itself, rule by rule by broken rule, towards collective actualization. As is the work community or the fighting community or the sports community.

The next question, then, becomes whether the actualized community requires, or even promotes, the actualization of its members.


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