The Common Life Scott Russell Sanders Analysis

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Humans in society are like musicians in an orchestra. Solo, their parts sound odd and out of place, lacking the harmonies mindfully composed for the rest of the orchestra. Humans are interdependent, social creatures by nature. We rely on each other to survive. We rely on each other to do jobs that might require a certain skill set or jobs that we might not have time to do ourselves. We even rely on each other to bring a sense of familiarity and security to our communities just by knowing one another. If we all remained anonymous, then we could not rely on each other to satisfy these vital societal needs. Scott Russell Sanders, in his essay “The Common Life”, states that the more people in a community who prefer to live isolated and reclusive lives, the more susceptible the community is to a division that impedes its ability to live together, interact synergistically, and thrive. He correctly believes that this division can lead to a total “breakdown” in society. Sanders’ hypothetical “breakdown” of society is hinged upon a scenario where few contribute to the society from which they isolate themselves. If there is…show more content…
Everyone has to be socially interactive to stop crime and an imminent “breakdown” of society? Conversely, some might believe that many conflicts derive from close connectivity and that most crime is not random, but rather is committed against a known friend, relative, or foe. Therefore, isolation would prevent these negative relationships from forming and thus reduce crime. While these crimes do exist, encouraging people to be antisocial and not form these relationships is impractical and improbable. Even if one stays as isolated as possible, they will still have to interact somehow without the outside world. If people want to do drugs, they will find a way to acquire them, even if that means they have to socialize. Isolation is a result of people not wanting to socialize. If people want drugs, they will socialize to acquire
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