Can a community be entirely virtual? Entirely online?
Can a community be of 2 people? How many do you need?
The Jewish tradition of a community says it has to be ten. Specifically ten adult men. In the traditional world this would lend to about 20 people at a minimum make a community. This means you cannot live alone and you cannot just live with your family in the woods. Sorry Thereau Walden Woods just won’t do.
Connections and dependency on daily living make a community. A community needs (updated with modern words):
- Jack of all trades
- water delivery
- waste water treatment
- communal building
- school teacher
- charity collector
- court to apply judgements
So if you have all these you will need some people to grow food and cook. You need someone to take care of the communal building. This all creates a network of people who are taking care of each other.
Can you do this online? At this time I do not think so. I think you need the physical community.
Can online facilitate these relationships? Absolutely. This is what I am going to explore. I am going to look for people all over the world who are ready to study and repair the world. I want to find all means to commune online however I want to encourage all of us to reconnect with our physical community and make sure you nurture it so that you have the people there when you need them and they need you.