Friday, March 27, 2020

It's Not So Easy

In urban mass population centers, as anywhere else, it’s going to take more than “Hi” and “How are you doing?” Community is not formed overnight nor through superficial interaction, and meaningful interaction takes more than simple personal contact. There must be observation of the other, acting for the other, “judging,” and the development of trust.

CWR Dispatch: Forming virtual communities in viral times by Russell Shaw
In an odd way, the pandemic is—or at least can be—a community-forming event.

Academics should be the last (but ideologues are the very last) to be lecturing others about "us" and "community." Why is there selfishness? Why is there a lack of solidarity? And what details did Gilkey gloss over or ignore in his narrative? Was there any informal (or even formal) means of discipline by the interned community to police itself?

“The thin polish of easy morality” and our present crisis by Dr. Randall B. Smith
What does it mean when a crisis brings out our worst qualities, rather than our best?

Langdon Gilkey: Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure

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