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Putting family over self: why it matters

A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. -- Greek Proverb

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In an article titled "What Our Words Tell Us," columnist David Brooks makes the following statement: "Over the past half-century, society has become more individualistic. As it has become more individualistic, it has also become less morally aware."
He bases his conclusion on two studies that indicate a decline in the frequency of words such as “virtue,” “decency” "honesty,” “patience” and “compassion," as well as "faith." Brooks further asserts that the deterioration of these words in our language has been accompanied by a sharp rise in terms, such as “subjectivity,” and "individualism."
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