Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The life committed to nothing larger than itself is a meager life indeed.  Human beings require a context of meaning and hope.   We used to have ample context, and when we encountered failure, we could pause and take our rest in that setting - our spiritual furniture- and revive our sense of who we were.  I call the larger setting the commons. It consists of a belief in the nation, in God, in one's family, or in a purpose that transcends our lives.  In the past quarter-century, events occurred that so weakened our commitment to a larger entities as to leave us almost naked before the ordinary assaults of life. 

- Martin Seligman 

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