Global Community

What, really, does that even mean?

Saw an ad for an all-girls Catholic school that promised to prepare girls to contribute and thrive in a global community.

global community
The actual text.

And here I was, thinking: wouldn’t it be better to prepare girls to to contribute and thrive in their own local community? Their own current and future families? Being a good daughter and mother is something tangible, something confirmed in a million little ways. The results of taking part in church and school and local charities and activities is real and right before your eyes.

How would you even know if you were a contributing member of the global community? Objectively, I mean? Where is the child’s smile or the firm handshake, or the meal or clothes handed out to someone in need? I imagine it’s possible some of these young women might join a missionary religious order or otherwise find themselves far from home serving people. Then – and here’s the key – they will serve them in exactly the way they have learned to serve their parents, siblings and neighbors back home. Right? Apart from some comparatively minor cultural differences, there’s not some magic serve global people thing that’s different from serving the people you already know.

It’s long been known that religious vocations come disproportionately from big families, and that the chances of getting and staying married improve markedly if one or more of the marriage partners came from an intact family. Can’t get any more local – or less global – than that!

Chesterton often points out that our most important relationships are the ones we don’t get to pick. We’re more likely to hear the truth about ourselves and have a real opportunity to practice Christian virtue with the grumpy lady who lives next door than with our select group of friends. We will almost certainly have whatever opportunities we get in this life to put our freedom and unique personalities into practice among family. The freedom to march in public protest or vote once or twice a year are insignificant compared to the freedom to tickle the baby or sing snippets of corny musicals at the top of our lungs most any time we want – at home, among family.

Destruction of the family has enslaved us. No theoretical global community, whatever that even means, can take the family’s place.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

5 thoughts on “Global Community”

  1. Yeah, I’ve seen that too. I was reading the mission statements for all the schools in a certain area and that phrase appeared in at least a couple. Your point is well taken and what you say is exactly right. But I also wonder what the origin of the phrase is and what exactly they are trying to convey by it. For it to be used in so many disparate places can’t be a coincidence.

    1. Think it’s the Think Globally, Act Locally bumper sticker, except they forgot the ‘locally’ part.

      More seriously, progressives and other marxists want us to focus on the distant and poorly understood instead of the nearby and well understood tasks at hand, because the tasks at hand admit of possible concrete solutions, while airy distant ‘problems’ can only be addressed by vague yet high-sounding ‘solutions’. The Church, unfortunately, because of its high and spiritual destiny, is perhaps more susceptible to high-sounding nonsense. The cure is the Incarnation (which is the cure for all that ails us!) which shows God acting in very small local ways in the person of Jesus, who was never 100 miles from home, to achieve universal salvation.

      It’s exactly parallel to the temptation to love mankind but despise the man next to us.

      1. I hear you. That reminds me of all the supposed tension between the races that we keep hearing about, of which I never see a trace in my daily life.

        After posting my comment I remembered an article I had read in First Things, where R.R. Reno wrote that the new political divide is between nationalists and internationalists, those who favor national sovereignty and protected borders, and those who want a borderless world. I wonder if it’s related to that.

  2. I have a relative who teaches at a land-grant university in the Midwest. At one point, the administration decided that they would no longer be a land-grant institution, they would be a world-grant institution! Their first act as a “world-grant institution” was to call a meeting so that everyone could put their heads together and figure out what a “world-grant institution” is.

    1. Reminds me Rufus T. Firefly in Duck Soup: President Firefly, at a cabinet meeting, looking at some government paperwork –
      “Why, a 5 year old child could understand this!”
      (Turning to an aid, quietly)
      “Get me a 5 year old child – I can’t make heads or tails out of this.”

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