Being a good citizen means being a contributor, a person who contributes to the collective, this means acting with the intent to give.
Without compassion our moral judgments can very quickly lead us to commit an injustice in the name of what we deem to be morally right.
The slogan “this is a dog eat dog world” is regularly used even though this is not a world which contains a large amount of dogs getting eaten by other dogs.
When ‘takers’ collude a society begins to disintegrate.
As a society we would do well to remember the wisdom of the ancients. Aristotle defined happiness as an “activity of the soul in accordance with perfect virtue.”
Learners soon discover that in order to be considered significant by the system, they require top-grades, and their attention is quickly shifted from discovery and creativity to the acquisition of certificates.
Trust and trustworthiness is the fabric of social cohesion, it is the glue that turns two people into one family and two families into one community.
It seems then that we require a shift from rights-based ethical discourse to virtue-based ethical discourse. This shift will be accompanied by a conversion from slavery and victim-hood to freedom and benevolence.
If we were to have practically wise institutions then they would not only have the will to look after our interests but they would also have the skill to be able to effectively look after our interests.
“What is required” said the commentator with complete sincerity “is to customize the people to become comfortable in the urban environment.”