Shifting from being front and center to an observant spectator, I began to see beyond myself, picking up the art of people-watching. As if placing an invisibility cloak on, I would quietly sink into the blue armchair, discreetly watching peoples’ behavior and interactions with one another. I found myself creating whimsical backstories of circumstance for each passerby, intertwining chance encounters and meaningful exchanges. People-watching not only helped me to become more aware of those around me, was also as an opportunity to explore undiscovered parts of myself.
Looking back through the last page or two, I see that I have made it appear as though my motives in writing were wholly public-spirited. I don't want to leave that as the final impression. All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane. I cannot say with certainty which of my motives are the strongest, but I know which of them deserve to be followed. And looking back through my work, I see that it is invariably where I lacked a political purpose that I wrote lifeless books and was betrayed into purple passages, sentences without meaning, decorative adjectives and humbug generally.
Using a specific example of community that deals with problems that Michael MacDonald have had in his own family it is necessary to dwell on FANS community. The abbreviation FANS means Families Advocating Neighborhood Strength, and this community is located in South Boston. FANS is a kind of open community and presents a coalition of the same-minded people (residents, parents and service providers) who are interested in their society prosperity and informed families, individuals and the community in the whole how to achieve healthy development and solve their problems. Nowadays like several decades ago all parents are worried about their children, because they want to see them healthy and free of abuse. So, FANS helps people not only support each other, but be patient to own relatives and friends, helping them to be strong in today’s fast changing world.