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Unformatted text preview: must be nondiscriminatory and applied equally to all members; they must be generalizable, justified in terms that are accessible and understandable: e.g., instead of claims based upon individual or group desires, citizens would draw on a common definition of justice; and, they must incorporate the full range of legitimate needs and values rather than focusing on any one category, be it individualism, autonomy, interpersonal caring, or social justice. A healthy community is a requirement to human growth and historical trends have been destroying community John B. Cobb, Jr., Ph.D. is Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology. ECONOMICS FOR THE COMMON GOOD, November 1998, http://www.religion-online.org/cgibin/relsearchd.dll/showarticle?item_id=263,
To be an accepted and appreciated member of a healthy community is a primary requirement of human maturation and personal satisfaction. But on the whole, the changes that have been taking place in the past fifty years have been adverse to community. This may be less true in Europe and Japan than in the United States, but it is even more true in the Third World. And there, as in the United States, it is a direct result of economic policies. In the United States, the past fifty years have seen the replacement of family farms by agribusiness. Small rural towns have been decimated, while the population of urban slums and sprawling suburbs has greatly increased. Of course, new communities come into being in slums and suburbs, but their quality is inferior to what existed in rural America in earlier periods. Decline in community has negative effects on society John B. Cobb, Jr., Ph.D. is Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology. ECONOMICS FOR THE COMMON GOOD, November 1998, http://www.religion-online.org/cgibin/relsearchd.dll/showarticle?item_id=263,
There can be little doubt that the rise in psychological depression, drug abuse, suicide, crime, educational achievement, and divorce are related to the decline in the quality of community...
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