7 Caring for One Another

A society can function well only if those within are concerned,not only with their own needs or the needs of thosewho immediately surround them, but by the needs of all,that is to say, by the common good and the family of nations.

JEAN VANIER, FOUNDER OF L’ARCHE

WHEN MARLENE AND I were first married, we lived for five years on the ninth floor of a relatively new apartment building in Waterloo, Ontario. I am having trouble remembering even one significant conversation with a neighbor in that building. I do not recall ever having a meal with anyone.

We came and we went. There was little or no connection between us and the others who lived there. There was no green space near us, no common room within which to gather, no ...

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