Interesting op-ed from David Brooks on "how covenants make us." A colleague recently asked me if I'm "feeling good" living in a foreign country alone. He recalled his time at King's College in London and said, "I was so alone. I didn't have my family, my wife, my children. . . why should anyone be expected to do that? It was a time that wasn't comfortable for me and I wouldn't want to do it again." He comes from a very family and community-oriented culture, so it's a bit different for him, but this is something I have been giving some thought to lately. Do you agree with Brooks that liberating the individual has been bad for national cohesion and the social fabric in the United States? Excerpt below:
"Creating situatedness requires a different way of thinking. When we go out and do a deal, we make a contract. When we are situated within something it is because we have made a covenant. A contract protects interests. . . but a covenant protects relationships. A covenant exists between people who understand they are part of one another. It involves a vow to serve the relationship that is sealed by love: Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people."