30 March 2011

The inter-generational bond

Scruton wants to argue a separate category of greater self he calls membership, which he defines as the inter-generational bond between the dead, the living, and the unborn (or yet-to-be-born) within any given generation. 
This inter-generational sense of membership explains the sense of stewardship people feel as well as the sense of giving that goes beyond the quid pro quo of the social contract. 
We wonder whether this sense of membership is nothing more than loyalty flavored with a bit of honor. 

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