Arthur Camins: Why Should You Care About the Common Good?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Arthur Camins reflects here about the importance of the common good. He writes about a society in which we care about one another, as opposed to a me-first individualism that currently commands our  public discourse.

There is a play on Broadway right now and in touring companies outside New York City called “Come from Away.” It is about 9/11. It takes place in Gander, Newfoundland, when airplanes were ordered not to enter American air space, and the town of 9,000 people discovered that it had 7,000 guests for several days. They provided them with foood, places to sleep, and friendship. They asked nothing in return. Not me-first but “here is help, here is welcome and respite for the stranger.”

Camins writes:

“Without one another we are diminished. The more we have others around us, the stronger we can become. That is the idea of the common good.

“It’s not…

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