19 August 2011

Civic possibility

Disasters unveil a social desire and a vision of civic possibility that ordinarily lies hidden behind the too-fast, alienated hustle and bustle of modern-day life. 
Disasters force us to dust off our simple virtues to deal with the demands of the moment, and it doesn't matter that the demands are for the welfare of others or for ourselves. 
Disasters reveal how valuable meaning can be in our lives; and how much more meaningful value matters to us than all the worthy value we accumulate for ourselves but then rarely really use properly. 

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