Common Cause

The fictional tales of The Gentleman from Massachusetts
Circa 2014. Massachusetts.

To bring about general prosperity within a society, its people require solidarity — they need to feel as one, cooperative, giving, self-sacrificing — and when they do, the government reflects the will of its people. A people cannot be forced by law to embrace one another, it must come from an underlying sense of unity.

And unity is merely an idea, a feeling brought about by a particular narrative within the mind. We know this because allies and enemies shift over time — foes oftentimes become friends. So what must be overcome, is the idea that particular groups of people are fundamentally different than one’s own group — or the idea that distinct groups exist at all.

Solidarity is what remains after bursting these constructed bubbles of differences. Throughout history or even at the schoolyard, we can see unions formed through shared hardship, a common cause, a mutual enemy, or exhaustive conflict. From these bubble-busting events, a collaborative story is written within the minds of participants, creating fellowship.

But what additional adversity do we need, what goal, what foe or never-ending fight, than that which we call life itself? We as a people already share the fundamental struggle of existence. Without sustenance, we all perish — without justice, we all seethe — without fulfillment, we all grow weary — without cooperation, we all crumble. It is therefore within our interwoven search for satisfaction, that we may find our unity and ultimately our prosperity.


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