From the Healing the Heart of Democracy Discussion Guide // Do you live with a conscious belief that “we’re all in this together”? If so, do you have a story that illustrates how you came to that belief? What are some ways you live—or would like to live—in recognition of our interconnectedness? What are some of the obstacles to living that way?
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“Habits of the heart” are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being and responding to life that involve our minds, our emotions, our self-images, our concepts of meaning and purpose in life. I believe that these five taken together are critical to sustaining a democracy. Ecologists, economists, ethicists, philosophers of science, and religious and secular leaders have all given voice to the idea that we are all in this together. Despite our illusions of individualism and national superiority, we humans are a profoundly interconnected species—entwined with one another and with all forms of life, as the global economic and ecological crises reveal in vivid and frightening detail. We must embrace the simple fact that we are dependent on and accountable to one another, and that includes the stranger, the “alien other.” At the same time, we must save this notion of interdependence from the idealistic excesses that make it an impossible dream. Exhorting people to hold a continual awareness of global or national interconnectedness is a counsel of perfection, achievable (if at all) only by the rare saint, that can only result in self-delusion or defeat. (“Five Habits of the Heart That Help Make Democracy Possible”)
Q. Do you live with a conscious belief that “we’re all in this together”? If so, do you have a story that illustrates how you came to that belief? What are some ways you live—or would like to live—in recognition of our interconnectedness? What are some of the obstacles to living that way?
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