We all here about the role of individuals in our society – heck, individualism is supposed to be part of the American way as we each step out to make our own lives in the big world.  However, that got me thinking that if I am an INdividual, then there must be an opposite, a dividual.

There is: a dividual is a person who contains within him or herself the community to which they belong.  So, the separate parts of us are individual, but the joined parts of us are dividual.  We lean on each other and they lean on us and this means something deep inside of us.  A dividual is something that is cut into small pieces and shared among everyone.  And dividual keeps popping up on my spell check, which troubles me because we all know the first word and the separate part of ourselves, but not the second part and the joined part of our selves.  Dividual used to be a word that was utilized by our society regularly, which tells me that the concept was used more back then as well.

Dividualism is a sustainable concept.  We all take part in the same environment, the same community.  We share the good things and bad things that happen through it.  I cannot back out on receiving my dividual share of air pollution, not even if I wanted to.  But, I also have a dividual share of a warm spring day and the song of robins.  Mostly, the word dividual tells me to share, to perform the acts that make me dividual, that strengthen and improve my ties to others – and with that improve our environment and our community.


One thought on “Dividuals

  1. lauralittle says:

    I’m fascinated by this concept. When I lived in a row house in a big city, I felt much more like a dividual, as when there is only a wall separating your 12-foot-wide space from that of your neighbor, you’re interdependent whether you like it or not. When you don’t bag your trash, the rats string it all over your neighbor’s yard as well as yours. This works on a global scale as well…particulates from our coal-fired plants cause acid rain elsewhere. We need to remember the physics concept that each action has an equal and opposite reaction and use it to guide our actions.

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