Unarticulated community story Forgotten community story Unadapted creativity of traditional lifestyles
Communities need to deliberately strengthen their unique identities in order to promote creative self-reliance. The strong individualism that has grown up over the years among the people of many developing communities often prevents them from working and celebrating together, despite many clubs and groups. Until new patterns emerge in some areas and a deeper appreciation of existing heritage in others, providing the set patterns for farming, roles of women, and families, which help create the community's self-image, the motivation needed for development will not be generated.
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