J. D. Vance’s recent book Hillbilly Elegy looks at class issues.
Many reader comments in the online reviews I read made the point that “Most people are comfortable around people like themselves.”
This rings true regardless of which side of the many social divides we find ourselves on — economic, racial, political, religious. If this is like an immutable law of physics, then how do we break out of this circumlocution and make some progress on ‘coming together’ as a society or community or nation?
In a recent sermon from our rector, one element of spiritual guidance stood out for me: that elevating any of our social, political or religious divides too much can lead to a form of idolatry.
In an era where fanning the fires of conflict is a preoccupation in the public square, this guidance can be invaluable to all who espouse a preference for peace and justice — and, certainly, love.