The public environment, or as defined “the common ground”
Includes all the places in which the individual encounters their neighbors, their adjacent community, and the whole of the public.
In all different sites: educational, recreational, and sporting facilities, shopping and industrial areas, and so forth.
In the encounter between the individual and the common grounds, a reciprocal process of giving and receiving takes place.
In its base, is the individual’s desire to commit benevolent acts towards the individuals that surround him.
This desire exists in every human being’s nature, and especially in that of the Jew, who’s will is based on the rule of “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
According to Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, fulfilling this rule is necessary for the coming of the Messiah.
The individual always wants to influence both when he is giving as part of the common ground, and when he is receiving he influences by being happy, enjoying himself, or giving thanks.
The rule is that everyone wants to benefit his or her environment.
The reality we see outwardly today is in opposite to everything that was said so far.
It is up to us to act and discern in all ways and to bring out the good that exists in us all, and to happily and humbly show it to our environment. This is true to every area, and specifically to planning and operating the common grounds.
Let’s summarize and put things in order:
• A balance must be maintained between the desired and the existing.
• Transparency should be upheld towards all individuals – such that explain that all that is done is in the individual’s best interest, and it should be made certain that everyone understands this.
• The common grounds must be maintained- cleanliness, order, operational safety etc.
• It is possible and desired to incorporate schools, social groups and the likes of those by volunteering at any given time, in order to strengthen the reciprocity between the individual and the common grounds.
• The common grounds sites should be planned and operated without crowdedness and congestion, with the strictest measures. This, while maintaining comfortable and available accessibility to all, and a clear separation between the private operational areas and the general access roads.
• To require those who use the common grounds to use a low, convenient speaking volume.
• To require those who use the common grounds to adhere to a pleasing and low odor strength.