Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: the land of milk and honey
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mandatory service has long turned my stomach, so i wouldn't say we should be required to do community service. and coercion doesn't inspire the right mindset, anyway, whether you're talking about serving, learning, working, or whatever.
that said, it would be very nice if volunteering were more acceptable. i agree that lots of people don't have the time for it presently, but the flip side is that many people could work less, survive, and consume fewer resources in the process, and use part of their extra time for service. also, working people could be paid decent wages so they didn't have to work so often, and that would also give people more time to improve their lives and the lives of others.
i would say the majority of human living spaces lack a real sense of community, and working together for the greater good is certainly a way to improve that.