Creating a political community based on kindness may seem like an impossibility… [but] we are discovering lately in American society that we can't build a good society on the principles of self-interest and entitlement alone. Without generosity there can be no community. Without the kindness of strangers, a society is turned into an armed camp.... The atmosphere of compassion that transforms a mass of alienated individuals into a caring community is created by countless acts of kindness and charitable foresight.
- Sam Keen, Hymns to an Unknown God (Bantam, 1995).