Wednesday, 2 March 2016


Today there are many groups of people. There are clubs, there are political parties. There are many forms and types of issue-oriented groups: against nuclear armament, against racism, against this or that. There is a danger, in issue-oriented groups not based on community, that the enemy is seen as being the one outside of the group. The world gets divided between the “good” and “the bad”. In issue-oriented groups, the enemy is always outside. We must struggle against all those who are outside of our group. All those who are of the other party.

True community is different because of the realization that the evil is inside – not just inside the community, but inside me.
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.50

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