Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 5/19/09

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The Values of Modernity

People are now drawn toward cities large and complicated enough to meet our economic desires, and toward families small and portable (and even disposable) enough to make mobility possible. Popular sociology portrays us as victims of these ’movements’ and ’trends’, as if the woes that accompany modernity has been forced upon us. But no. The destruction of intimate community has been at our own hands. It has corresponded to our own hierarchy of values ,,,,, which stand largely in tension with the value of total and intimate community. As much as we yearn for community, we yearn even more for the social and economic prizes that individual mobility can bring.

- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p. 1

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