We use the word community, often these days, to describe what group, clique, club or tribe we are associated with. We commonly use the word to describe commonalities.
We do not use the term neighbour, now, as much as we used to.
We do not live in neighbourhoods now; not like we used to.
Perhaps we do not know our neighbours?
Maybe we have lost our sense of what a neighbourhood is?
A neighbour does not have to be a person who resides next door, or on the same street.
One of the greatest definitions of a neighbour is a person who shows kindness or helpfulness to a fellow human being.
Are you a good neighbour?
Isn’t this a time when we could use a few more good neighbours?
Last week, in a downtown Toronto theatre, I watched the movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The documentary was about the life, and kindness, of television personality Fred Rogers. Rogers spoke directly to his audience, both the children and the adults.
The fact the theatre was nearly full was testament to his popularity.
It was the first time in a long time, that I can remember, people actually clapped at the end of the movie.
It was that kind of a movie.