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The Pathological Community: Can a Society be Mad?

Emotions, rather than rational judgment, are what fundamentally motivates us to act, both as individuals and as collectives. The nature of a community, its quality and relevance to the lives of its members (and, ultimately, its legitimacy) rest not only the its ‘objective’, rational dimensions, but primarily on its emotions, namely the emotion which are the most widely shared in the community and which the community fosters in its members. A caring community is a legitimate community; conversely, a community which is ultimately indifferent to the quality of life and fate of its members, however procedurally advanced it might be, is fundamentally illegitimate.

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