Relationships in a World of Individualism

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    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.

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Trust in America: The Long Farewell to All Our Greatness

Posted by Dale Kuehne on December 1, 2013

Only 1/3 of Americans say most Americans can be trusted, down from 1/2 in the 1970’s.

Americans daily obsess about our economic solvency, but there is more to our economic difficulties than just balance sheets and interest rates. Capitalism and Democracy can only work in an environment of mutual trust. Not perfect trust, but mutual trust. Does trust really matter? Democracy requires we can trust each other to do the right thing when no one is watching. When trust disappears so does democracy.

Morality and virtue are not optional. While their meaning ought to be the subject of a vigorous national and educational debate, they are not optional. There is a physics to democracy, and morality, virtue, and trust are foundational.

If trust can’t be recovered then we may be saying, like Shakespeare, a long farewell to all our greatness.

So farewell—to the little good you bear me.
Farewell? a long farewell to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honors thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls as I do.

Cardinal Wolsey, Henry The Eighth Act 3, scene 2, 350–358 William Shakespeare


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