This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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His social nature

We have already said that man is neither body nor soul, but is at the same time body-and-soul. We must now add to this another truth. While the first went against the grain of contemporary materialism, this second truth flies in the face of our pervasive individualism: “God did not create man as a ‘solitary being’ but wished him to be a ‘social being’. Social life therefore is not exterior to man: he can only grow and realize his vocation in relation with others.”[1] The human person is called from the very beginning to lead a social life: “It is not good for man to be alone.”[2]

Being made in the image and likeness of the triune God, the human person is naturally communal and distinguished from other creatures in this respect. The Church proclaims this truth about man constantly, and all of CST presupposes it.[3] Even in addressing issues of a purely economic concern, the need for communion is kept central. As Benedict XVI stated:

“One of the deepest forms of poverty a person can experience is isolation. If we look closely at other kinds of poverty, including material forms, we see that they are born from isolation, from not being loved or from difficulties in being able to love.”[4]

[1] LC, 32.

[2] Gen 2:18.

[3] See also: GS, 12; CCC, 1879; PT, 23; LP, 10.

[4] CV, 53.

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