Real or fake community?


“Bread and nationalism

Bread was important to the Grand Inquisitor as well.  Give them bread and they will follow you anywhere he says.  What if we think of this bread as the bread of communion, making us part of one body?  For the problem that religion addresses and the Grand Inquisitor exploits is the isolation and loneliness of mass society.  No amount of magic and mystery can take the place of community, but community can help fill the need addressed by magic, mystery, and tyrannical authority.  Nationalism is fake community, in which people are bound together by common hatreds instead of love.”

By C Fred Alford

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