Tuesday, September 5, 2006

FRACTURING AN IMPORTANT SOLIDARITY

Robert Bellah, Ph.D., author of Habits of the Heart and The Good Society writes:

“Much of what has been happening in our society has been undermining our sense of community in every group. We are facing trends, particularly downsizing and downgrading the work force, that threaten our basic sense of solidarity with others, solidarity with those near to us (loyalty to neighborhood, colleagues at work, fellow residents of our town or city), but also solidarity with those who live far from us, those who are economically in situations very different from our own, those of other nations. Yet this solidarity, this sense of connection, shared fate, mutual responsibility, community, is more critical now more than ever. It is solidarity, trust, mutual responsibility that allow human communities to deal with threats and take advantage of opportunities.”

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