This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Solidarity—working for the common good

St. Paul says in the Scriptures that we are one body, and that “if one member suffer anything, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.”[1] The principle of solidarity is nothing more than the acknowledgement of this truth. It is not shallow sentimentalism; it is the acknowledgment of a responsibility: “[Solidarity] is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”[2] “It is precisely in this sense that Cain’s answer to the Lord’s question: ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ can be interpreted: ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’ (Gen 4:9). Yes, every man is his ‘brother’s keeper’, because God entrusts us to one another.”[3] However, even though there is an undeniable aspect of obligation in the principle of solidarity, at its core it is an expression of love, because to love another is to desire their good and to be willing to act in order to secure it.[4]

[1] Cf. 1 Cor 12:12-26.

[2] SRS, 38.

[3] EV, 19.

[4] CV, 7.

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