Lingis Reflection Paper

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Paul Han PHI – 5000 – Seminar Community of Boundaries In his book, The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common , Alphonso Lingis portrays a community that is defined by the social structures that the community itself has created. Lingis uses “value-terms” and “forces” to describe the dynamics of community life. Value-terms do not contain meaning on their own, but induce forces in an individual. Lingis states an example that depicts current social structures; “There are people who never, or rarely, say ‘How beautiful you are!’ not because they, unlike the rest of us, never see every waitress, every bus-driver, every student, every passenger as attractive or unattractive, or because they take seriously Jesus’ recommendation, ‘Judge not and you shall not be judged’; but because they are all too aware of what you do when you say that. All too aware that when you say that to your wife it’s a ploy or a compensation thrown her way, that when you say that to a man you identify yourself as a closet pervert, that
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