Thursday, February 28, 2013
What's Lost in Community?
Everyone talks about "community". The intelligence community did this...The international community should do this... Call me old fashioned, but these phrases illustrate a weakening sense of accountability and responsibility. We used to be much more specific and talked about the nations of the world, the cities and town in a county, the families, churches and civic organizations in a neighborhood. If a "community" effort falls short, no one is to blame. On the other hand, if a sovereign nation, bound to another by a signed treaty, fails to act in accord with the treaty, then it is clear who is accountable. It is a sign of our time as we seek more and more ways to equalize everything that we lose sight of the heirarchy of responsibility that is the essence of civilization.