We as humans don’t do Big very well and it seems that current and past research bares this out. This article presents a few of the reasons why this is true.
So we do have a maximum capacity of how large a group of people we can handle at any given time. And the article goes on to site areas other areas where this is shown to be true.
So the magic number is 150. Of course YMMV since with humans nothing is set in stone and others may have a higher/lower capacity. Which kind of bring me to the topic of this post. A couple of us were chatting the other night about communities and communes and such. I do not like the term commune or even community much. Oh the idea is just fine but personally I do not think it practical to form a commune as such and the term community is over used and to vague. I much prefer the term neighborhood but used in the more traditional sense. Like Mister Rogers. (Please not to many chuckles here)
The more colloquial definition. It can mean street or road or a couple of blocks etc. Where I lived in Ohio, in the country was a neighborhood. On our road and the road that intersected it, we knew nearly everyone and they knew us. The kids played together and the parents knew each other and everyone knew what was going on. And people more or less helped each other out when needed. And when something was not quite right, people were concerned. There was a Village of Burton Ohio – we lived in the township. It was not and still is not very big but had different neighborhoods. Where my grand parents lived was kind of a suburb. Suburbs don’t lend them selves to neighborhoods for some reason. We knew the kids there and played with them but the families not so much.
Where my aunt and uncle on my fathers side lived in Cleveland was a neighborhood. It had a market a little over a block away, the kind with a meat counter and fresh produce. Further down, at the end of the street was a Woolworth 5 and Dime and a bit further was a drug store with a soda fountain. Neighborhoods were kind of self contained. You generally did not have to venture far to get what you needed. Most people were from the same or similar backgrounds. Like most neighborhoods, the people there were blue collar workers of one type or another.
I miss neighborhoods. They were generally a lot more friendly. I think we need to bring them back.