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Three Signs For the Future Community Proximity Non-Idolatry

Community is relationship that is more than merely social 
Community possesses a measure of assumed empathy
The horrendous architecture of the sprawl present is inimical to community
The sheer decibel level of today's living substitutes shouting for intimacy
Without community there is little redemptive feedback
With community there is neighborliness awareness and helpfulness

Proximity is closeness which is neither sardine-like nor snail-like
Our ill-designed sprawl world lacks proximity and increases atomization
Proximity is essential to a viable local economy
The ideal is to have everything necessary within a mile walk
The need to go by private car is the venal trick played on everyone
 Proximity is a better standard for the future than more sprawl

The worship of idols and graven images is one root of evil
Evil is willed action that is harmful and can lead to injury and death
Idolatry is giving first place to anything but the values that make for life
The values that make for life include helpfulness
Helpfulness is the willingness to share one's knowledge to enable another to thrive
The values that make for life include tolerance
Tolerance is the strength and flexibility to withstand incursions
with equanimity and good grace
Democracy evokes a world where persons rule themselves and
respect and honor the rights of all
Non-idolatry is the foundation value that manifests the freedom to
say no to anything but 
tolerance democracy and helpfulness

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…