Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Call to Arms

Arms for hugging, that is. I use that analogy to share the final thoughts in Joan Tronto's Caring Democracy: Markets, Equity, and Justice.

     What we see if we peek over the wall is the possibility of a world in which our capacities to care for ourselves and others will increase only if we have the courage to admit that we need, and will benefit from, recognizing the large web of caring relationships within which our lives gain meaning.

     There is a way to turn our world around. It requires us to recommit to caring for ourselves and others by accepting and rethinking our caring responsibilities and providing sufficient resources for care. If we are able to do this, then we will be able to enhance levels of trust, reduce levels of inequality, and provide real freedom for all. In such a society, we would have to conclude, with Giambattista Vico (1990[1709], 67): "What is justice? It is the constant care for the common good."

I am convinced even more that this notion of care for the common good is at the center of a necessary worldview if we are to travel to a world we want to sustain. Just imagine if in communities small and large, especially those of the developed world where baby-boomers are lining up for retirement, we could unleash all the experience and nurturing within them to remake our communities.