The Narcissism of Ideology

“Yet some groups protested, refusing to keep their distance, marching against travel restrictions—as if measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom! Looking to the common good is much more than the sum of what is good for individuals. It means having a regard for all citizens, and seeking to respond effectively to the needs of the least fortunate. We spoke earlier of narcissism, of armor-plated selves, of people who live off grievance, thinking only of themselves. It is the inability to see that we don’t all have the same possibilities available to us. It is all too easy for some to take an idea—in this case, for example, personal freedom—and turn it into an ideology, creating a prism through which they judge everything.”

Pope Francis in Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future

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  1. Yes Andrew… the common good… looking thru this lens helps us understand better what our genuine ‘national interest’ is. Kevin

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