I didn’t give much thought to this idea until last year, and I haven’t thought about it since then—until now. Most people live in a house or apartment or condo or dorm, or something that required developing land at one point.
Think about your own home and all the different conversations, events, moods, discoveries, energies, and emotions that occur on a daily basis. Now think back to the fact that you are one house in a neighborhood of many people and houses. If so many things can happen in your own home, they surely happen in other homes as well.
Then, think of your next door neighbors and how geographically close you live to them. All those conversations, events, moods, discoveries, energies, and emotions are happening right next to you all the time, without you knowing it. Looking in from the outside doesn’t provide an accurate depiction of what a house is for. Neighborhoods, in this sense, are plots of land designated for these conversations, events, moods, discoveries, energies, and emotions to take place.
All of this happens in such a small proximity that it’s almost too hard to grasp. Do you really know your neighbors?