Community and Character
September 15, 2014
An email and my response. Enjoy.
Nice article. Thanks.
"According to Berry, “the corruption of community has its source in the corruption of character.”
I would reverse these and say, it is the "corruption" [or displacement] of community that leads to the corruption of character. No or little community and no or little character. And then it is necessary to repress humans via government and what we call "civil society," and both are called upon to make up for the lack of character and control - or at least seem to control - the pursuit of what the framers - and others - labelled "self-interest." And this is just the political side of what is called "the conquest of nature" or the amelioration of the human condition. The results are presented with particular clarity in Cormac McCarthy's "No Country for Old Men," as well as his other novels.
On Sep 15, 2014, at 7:36 AM, Matthew Brennan wrote:
On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:15 AM, Peter Schultz <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: