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.

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