As the world crumbles around us, it becomes clearer and clearer that we have to rebuild societies from the ground up. At the foundation of strong, lasting, and thriving societies are deep bonds of friendship, the kind that create spaces to discuss, lovingly yet frankly, what needs to be done to rebuild our society, one community at a time. This process of increasing the quality of our bonds of friendship is at the heart of community building.
If a marriage is the beginning of a family, and a family is the building block of society, then it is only logical that a wedding can and perhaps should contribute to the process of community building. It also makes sense to channel all the positive forces that surround a wedding into the very thing the marriage will contribute to: the community. Even at some of the worse weddings I have been to, there was always a sense of awe at the sight of the couple, of excitement when they would take their vows, of happiness while eating, talking and, most of the time, dancing together.
So the question is: what would a wedding that contributed to community building look like?
A big thank you to Borna and Kian for helping me clarify my thoughts on this topic!