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Whatever Happened to the Common Good? by Time Magazine

In this short opinion piece published by Time in 2013, author Jim Wallis—president and CEO of Sojourners—reminded readers that the roots of the “common good” are broad, crossing religious and philosophical barriers, and that reclaiming that notion may give us common ground when working in our polarized world.

The notion of the common good has both religious and secular roots going back to Catholic social teaching, the Protestant social gospel, Judaism, Islam, and in the American Constitution itself, which says that government should promote “the general welfare.” It is our fundamental political inclination: do not go right, do not go left; go deeper. But we’ve lost touch with that moral compass in Washington D.C., where it has been replaced by both ideology and money.

A commitment to the common good could bring us together and solve the deepest problems this country and the world now face: How do we work together? How do we treat each other, especially the poorest and most vulnerable? How do we take care of not just ourselves but also one another?

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