‘danger’

we have met the enemy and he–and she–is us.

‘There is a danger, in issue-oriented groups not based on community, that the enemy is seen as being the one outside of the group. The world gets divided between the “good” and “the bad”. In issue-oriented groups, the enemy is always outside. We must struggle against all those who are outside of our group. All those who are of the other party.

True community is different because of the realization that the evil is inside – not just inside the community, but inside me.’

Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.50

An Important Insight

There is a danger, in issue-oriented groups not based on community, that the enemy is seen as being the one outside of the group. The world gets divided between the “good” and “the bad”. In issue-oriented groups, the enemy is always outside. We must struggle against all those who are outside of our group. All those who are of the other party.

True community is different because of the realization that the evil is inside – not just inside the community, but inside me.

Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.50

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