Markets are located at the centre of community life, generating work and prosperity. They require regulation and protection from excesses and exploitation. Working this out, for the good of all, demands cooperation and collaboration.
However, work, money, markets and material things are just one aspect of a community. Many other communal goods are needed for an acceptable and enjoyable social life. Those who think like this are the modern-day inheritors and guardians of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
Their recipe for success includes:
Think of individuals you know who obviously exemplify the category. In doing so, remember that it is the overall pattern that counts—not any particular interaction.
Theapproach seems to minimize the importance of personal effectiveness and the deep differences that exist amongst people, even those of the same culture and living in the same community.
Theimage of people and social life is viewed by many as simply too rosy. Far more sensible and beneficial, they say, is to confine care and attention to those you can really trust: your own family.
Originally posted: July 2009