A Shared Understanding of the meaning and use of words is essential for citizens to communicate. A Shared Understanding of beliefs about right and wrong is essential for citizens to share the same purpose so act as one creature. Hence a community(society) is a Shared Understanding, whose citizens' use of language is the exercise of its understanding, and whose behaviour is dictated by its citizens' beliefs about right and wrong.
All Human achievements are first thoughts before they become things. So the creations of communities(societies) such as cities, governments, armies, as well as communal achievements such as conquests and discoveries—everything that goes to make a community—must spring from a communityʼs thoughts. Hence:
A Community(Society) is that group of a race of people sharing beliefs that allow a single shared understanding, which insensibly incorporates the racial character of the group. Hence all communities, from tribes to nations, are founded by a particular race with a unique understanding that is:
Expressed in the Unique Language allowed by the shared beliefs about words: their meaning and use.
Refined by Conversation, which is the daily expression and exchange of individual opinions; a mechanism that amends communal understanding by promoting popular, while suppressing unpopular, notions. That is, all those ideas which match common feelings of right and wrong, will be repeated and magnified into reasons to act, while those which receive little or no support will inevitably be ignored; which makes conversation the ideas filter, or the mind, of the community.
Remembered by Tradition, which consists of beliefs about:
Right and Wrong, what citizens should and should not do, which becomes the basis for Laws and Manners. Thereby revealing the Duty of every citizen, hence their Identity and Purpose for society to thrive. And these beliefs are the Sanity, or Religion of the society, which is upheld by the Church.
True and False which is the knowledge, or Science of the society and the basis for its technology.
Thereby forming a single powerful creature, made up of people sharing the same Tradition whose dutiful ambitions are achieved by violence inflicted upon:
Citizens who deny tradition by stigmatising and persecuting them as criminals, traitors, cowards, lunatics etc.
Other Communities by killing or enslaving their citizens.
Hence the ability to inflict violence is the measure of the strength of this creature, which is founded on its citizens love for their tradition, so the moment this reverence is discarded, the community not only loses its strength but its sanity.
A Communal Mind is similar in operation to an individual mind, except that audible conversation replaces silent thoughts, but the mechanism of understanding is the same—ideas, expressed in words, which are filtered by a code of values to determine which should become reasons for action. If a man is an irrational vegetarian crank whose conversation is mainly tirades against imaginary persecutors, then it is this process that will decide the manʼs future—whether as a despised social outcast, or as an absolute monarch, like Hitler. This does not mean that everyone believes what is popular, but unpopular ideas are ignored. Consequently:
By sharing the same process of thought as individuals, communal minds are subject to the same shortcomings of understanding as individuals:
Understanding appears only after the formation of a basic set of values (morality), which become an essential and immutable part of the creature.
Personality as the understanding of an individual confers a personality, so does the understanding of a community, and this the culture of the community.
Honesty depends upon their nature, if unselfish, they will revere truth; otherwise truth will be discarded in favour of convenience. (See the two modes of communities.)
Sanity may be lost, a graphic example being the Nazi phenomenon, when a whole nation behaved as a lunatic.
As words are the currency of thought, the use of language is critical to both private and public understanding, with the particular choice of words revealing the nature of an authorʼs understanding. So the nature of the literature published by a community must reflect the nature of that communityʼs understanding. Hence the history of a communityʼs literature must be the history of a communityʼs understanding.
As the nature and concerns of communal conversation are echoed by the media, the media can be considered the mirror of the mind of our society, with the character displayed by the media being the character of our community.
A Simple Example of the creation and development of a community (a single shared understanding) can be found in the book “The Great Trek” by Oliver Ransford. This history of the Boers describes how these people came together and formed a communal understanding, expressed in its own unique language Afrikaner: so forming a community with the pride and ambition needed to violently dominate surrounding communities. Indeed, Boer tradition celebrates victories like Vegkop and Blood River as of crucial and lasting significance.