Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

More Alone Together; Or, Marx Is Rewriting his Manifesto From the Grave

Posted by Dale Kuehne on August 29, 2013

While we rarely consider the benefits of recession, it brings people together. Literally. Physically. It is one of those seasons where we are reminded we need each other because the economic costs of living independently are too great; to say nothing of the personal and relational toll of living alone.

But not this recession. Despite the increasing economic sacrifice to afford living alone, we are.

All by ourselves. 27% of us. A number that has more than doubled in one generation.

Causing Marx to reconsider his life’s work from the grave.

Why is it we value living alone above economic well-being?

Or, why is it we prefer being alone to being together?

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-living-alone-20130828,0,5735939.story

One wish alone have I
In some calm land beside the sea to die

Upon its strand
That I forever sleep
The forest near, a heaven near
Stretched over the peaceful deep

No candles shine
A tomb I need, instead
Let them form me a bed
Of twigs entwine

That no one weeps my end
Nor for me grieves
But let the autumn lend
Tongues to the leaves

When brooklet ripples fall
With murmuring sound
And moon is found
Among the pine trees tall

In solitude

As I will then no more a wanderer be
Let them with fondness store my memory

And Lucifer the while
Above the pine, good comrade mine

Will on me gently smile?
In mournful mood
The sea sing sad refrain…
And I be earth again

In solitude

That no one weeps my end
Nor for me grieves
But let the autumn lend
Tongues to the leaves

When brooklet ripples fall
With murmuring sound
The seven moon is found
Among the pine trees tall

In solitude

While softly rings
The wind is trembling chime
And over me the lime
In blossom flings

(In mournful mood
The sea sing sad refrain
And I be earth again
In solitude)

That no one weeps my end
Nor for me grieves
But let the autumn lend
Tongues to the leaves

When brooklet ripples fall
With murmuring sound
The seven moon is found
Among the pine trees tall

I’m in solitude
Oh, I be earth again (in solitude)
In solitude

Solitude by Agothodaimon from Serpent’s Embrace (2004)

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