The Moral Life

“Other-directed individuals conform to the crowd, while inner-directed individuals listen to the still small voice of internalised conscience. We need religion to remind us of the importance of marriage and fidelity and loyalty; of the fact that success, fame, wealth, affluence, the siren songs of today’s culture, are trivial in comparison with character and integrity. And we need communities in which the virtues live, are rehearsed and are valued. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to sustain the moral life.”

The Great Partnership, Chapter 8, p. 140