Right across the world we have experienced economic, political, social and, indeed, moral collapse. Individualism and greed have proved our undoing as inept government, irresponsible banking and an out-of-control construction sector have brought us to the edge of ruin. The free-market system is in meltdown and needs replacing.
The fundamental issue is cultural. Rather than being concerned with solidarity, we were carried away by selfishness and no solution is possible in that environment. The answer lies in community. Lasting progress is possible in such a context and transformation can spring from the grassroots – only!
James O’Halloran is a Salesian who has spent forty years working worldwide for justice and peace and in community building. He has had short stories published in a variety of magazines, notably the literary Four Quarters (LSU, Philadelphia). A story of his was also chosen as Story of the Month by the Irish Sunday Independent. He has published a collection of short stories entitled Pity Beyond All Telling and two other novels: When the Acacia Bird Sings (Columba Press) and Remember José Inga (Columba Press).