"If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? ...."
"If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?"
What does it take to be a good neighbour at a time of polarisation and division?
Let’s be clear: the Common Good is not a utopian ideal to be imposed by one group upon another. The Common Good is built in relationship: it requires listening. Properly understood it transcends left and right: it cannot be sectarian. We are not all meant to think the same. Intelligent people can come to different conclusions.
Good neighbours build Common Good by respecting each others' different circumstances and interests, and find ways of working constructively together. They have a reconciliation instinct that puts people, families and communities before ideology. Good neighbours have the courage to be constructive while others protest; mix with those who their own crowd rejects; maintain independence of mind; locate news from a range of sources; subvert social media algorithms that drive deeper echo chambers; resist the comforting appeal of virtue signalling. The Common Good is not showy.