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People like me

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.

Roger Dutschke

About Roger Dutschke

Roger Dutschke has been a parishioner at St. Matthew's for over 14 years, along with wife Phyllis and daughter Ali Ahern, her husband Kevin Ahern and grandchildren Eden and Levi, who were christened at St. Matthew's. Previously he was an executive with Bank of America in its headquarters in Charlotte, NC, where the family was also active in the Moravian Church. He is a graduate of Centre College of Kentucky and holds a masters degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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2 Comments

  1. I agree, Roger… Here’s an easy way to illustrate your point “Most people are comfortable around people like themselves”: Write these three words: “I Like You.”
    Next, insert the word “Am” between “I” and “Like”
    True, eh? 🙂

  2. Amen.

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