E. J. Dionne mourns the loss of neighborliness:
Individual choice certainly has big advantages over a rigid collectivism. But solidarity sure beats impulsiveness, self-involvement and fragmentation. Right now, we’re much better at choice than we are at solidarity. We could use a neighborly national discussion about how to restore the balance.
I just took a gander at Mr. Dionne’s house. I wonder when he last shoveled the snow from his neighbor’s driveway or swept the street in front of his house? I’m guessing never.
A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and robbers fell upon him… Who, then, was his neighbor?
I don’t know that I know the answer to that question in today’s terms but I’m pretty sure that when Party A wants Party B to pay Party C to do something for Party D, A isn’t being a neighbor to anyone except, maybe, Party C. Whether Party C realizes it or not is another question.
That gets to something that’s always griped me. It might well take a village to raise a child but the DCFS sure isn’t a village.