Bucking the loneliness trend

Addressing social fragmentation
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January–February 2021, no. 428
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Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook by Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell

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Bucking the loneliness trend

Addressing social fragmentation
by
January–February 2021, no. 428

Disaster movies tend to follow a similar arc. Our band of heroes not only has to survive flames engulfing the skyscraper or sea water flooding the cruise liner, but must also triumph over the calculated selfishness of others who are also scrambling for salvation. The implication is that, with few exceptions, Thomas Hobbes was right. Amid the upheaval of the English Civil War, Hobbes declared that our natural human condition is a war of all against all, and that order can only be secured by a powerful ruler, a Leviathan, that keeps our naked urges in check. The social contract of considerate behaviour and thoughtfulness towards others is a thin veneer. Under pressure it peels away, and we are soon at one another’s throats in a life that is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Peter Mares reviews 'Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook' by Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell

Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook

by Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell

La Trobe University Press and Black Inc., $32.99 pb, 288 pp

Buy this book

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