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published on 02/05/2006

Hats off…to community

By staff writer

Thomas Moore writes, “It is no accident that the great spiritual teachers tell their students to live in community: the Buddha’s sangha, Christian agape, Islamic service. Community is not a literal group of people, it’s a posture in the world…”

Our mountaintop is literally a community, but does it reflect the values of what a community represents? Are we so focused on what is important to ourselves that we aren’t taking into consideration what is important to the community? Facing a challenge can sometimes be the best thing that can happen to a person and when it happens to a community the result may be a blessing in disguise.

Our challenge seems to be the new high school/middle school. There appears to be some people who remain unhappy about the future of a high school on Walden’s Ridge. Each has their own reason for not wanting one and there are just as many people if not more who are on the opposite side of the issue and can’t wait for and look forward to a high school on the mountaintop. Personally I am stumped and confused at the controversy. Not because I don’t respect either side’s right to an opinion, but because I don’t see what purpose continually finding issue on the subject serves.

I get emails weekly from residents who live in communities around the state of Tennessee who have heard about our high school. Some have even traveled to Signal Mountain and come into the GRAPEViNE to ask me personally about details they read in the paper or saw on the web site. To the “outsider” we are a community that has pulled together and faced a challenge and meeting the needs of all. What is wrong with being proud of that? Why are we continually attacking each other and fighting over this high school? These are important questions that only we as individuals can answer.

One answer to these questions might be that our mountaintop is in transition; therefore we are being called to honor all the aspects of transition, which include releasing, grieving, self-discovery, and the courage to embrace the new. Hurting each other only to benefit our own interest is damaging our community. It’s time, in my opinion, to stop reacting and start acting like a real community filled with unity, love, and service.