The proverb means, of course, that the entire community has a stake in the proper nurture and raising of a child, not just the child's parents. It also involves grandparents, teachers, pastors and parish. We all have a stake in the raising of our community’s children. It speaks to the concept of human connectedness and interdependence. It’s the villagers who make a village.
Individuals investing themselves in their neighbours or neighbourhoods – now that's what really makes life better in a community! Human relationships are what makes life rich, fulfilling and meaningful. People must give, not just take. This touches on the interconnectedness that binds people together in a community.
Christ said, “Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”
We commonly call this the Golden rule. There’s something universal about it. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Isn’t the Golden Rule really an extension of the Hebrew Old Testament concept to love your neighbour as yourself? In ancient China, Confucius said, “Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you." In Hindu writings you will find this quote: "One should not behave toward others in a way that is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality." 
Do unto others
The Common Good
Human interdependence accepts others as having equal natural dignity. That is the beginning of understanding the universality of human dignity. (It is the opposite of personal autonomy.)
Most of us will make our marks for equal, natural human dignity in the places where we live (or at least we should). Our legacy will occur in our communities. It will happen through what we give to enrich the lives of others, not what we take.
Make no mistake, your children and grandchildren watch the respect and dignity you show to your fellow human beings in your daily life. Be one of those citizens who hold up human dignity. Commit yourselves to furthering the common good within our community. Whether it’s through your church, community organizations, or service clubs … there are many vehicles to volunteer your time to make community life richer.
Give more than you take. Be other-centered in your community life rather than self-centered. Saint Paul said: “Let each of you look out not only for your own interests, but also the interests of others.” 
A community where people are equally concerned about the development, dignity and rights of others, as in their own interests is truly a community.
 (Luke 6.31, also Matthew 5.46.)
 See C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (London: Oxford University Press, 1978) . Appendix, P.50.)
 Hinduism. Hahabbarata, Anusasana Parva 113.8. (For more references see http://www.unification.net/ws/theme015.htm#6)
 See Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos 1906-1907.
 (Philippians 2.4.)
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