*A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common
*A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Our lives, and many of our communities, have shifted into a virtual space this past year. We've summed up physical beings with height and weight and felt presence - to live figures on a cinematic wide screen. Slowly, and maybe to some of us - fairly reluctantly, we found ways to connect in the virtual medium and feel closeness and a sense of togetherness with our virtual community members.
Over the past eight months, I've taken classes and workshops virtually, that have given me more of a sense of a community that I've felt in the physical realm in a long looooong time. It seems that the virtual medium strips away some distractions and small minded BS, and takes us straight to the depth of a person's essence. I've always hated small talks and liked talk deeply and real with people, finally I found a medium that does exactly that.
Why is it surprisingly easy to get a fast sense of community in the virtual medium?
A) Is it because of the nervous breakdown everyone seem to be in this year and the sense of impending doom that make us all seek togetherness?
B) Is it because there is a sense of safety when we are all are home in our individual territories and connecting in a neutral space?
C) Is it because we need to truly listen to break through the digital barriers zoom presents us with?
D) Is it because we fear we will become hologram versions of ourselves so we strive to stay humans as long as we can before the singularity takes us over!?
E) Or was I just incredibly lucky and found fitting new communities exactly at the time that I needed them most? Just, well, because.
F) Or maybe the answer is all of the above.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman