From a social perspective, I think of a community as a group of people who inhabit the same geographical area, with these persons having shared experiences, and often a shared moral code or system of values. Communities are also a place of learning. Someone once said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” which speaks to the idea of communities as a place that fosters learning, growth, and development. This is evident in the children in the image above as the intently observe, and attempt to contribute to the group activity. A community is also a place of familiarity (in terms of both people and place), and a place where all members are treated with mutual respect. This can be seen in the close-knit groups that embrace each other.
From a philosophical perspective, it is said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A well-oiled machine cannot run if it is missing a single nut. All parts are necessary for life to carry on, and we all have our unique roles to play in both the local and global community.