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The Community and the Individual Need Each Other Times have certainly changed many things Since the turn of this century the trend of ignoring the moral voice has grown through popular culture and diminishing family values among a multitude of other social issues Because people tend to dictate their lives based upon societies values-- rather than their own guiding moral voice-- they are more cynical distant and primarily interested with themselves Amitai Etzioni points out in his essay Morality as a Community Affair that the community needs to exemplify and enforce a moral order of shared values Similarly in Multiculturalism and Individualism Michael Walzer emphasizes a need for individual responsibility attained and strengthened by community association through one another The individualistic attitude of todays gotta have it society silences the inner moral voice inside of all of us With a commonality of shared values from a physiological perspective people will be forced to listen to their own c onsciences more often resulting in the recognition of their inner moral voices that guide them in an altruistic direction Hence the community should dictate a moral order within itself Individualists see little need for community involvement It is their personal freedom and a right as well to avoid associational activities and such Individualism defenders contend that they have the right to live independently and free of their communities To be colloquial with the parlor of our times the do your own thing approach has been the cornerstone of individualism advocates for years By the same token individualism is a selfish practice and contributes to isolationism Community involvement will only strengthen the human race in a benevolent manner Communities speak to us in moral voices They lay claims on their members Indeed they are the most important sustaining source of moral voices other than the inner selfEtzioni 515 Etzioni clears up the broadly defined community as all types from national to neighborhood to working
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