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Many of us seek an external source as an important element in our search for meaning. Meaning should be defined by something greater than us. It should be more than just hedonism, even enlightened hedonism.

My step up is towards community. I've bought into (my version of) the communitarian agenda. It balances rights and responsibilities. I applauded John Kennedy's “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” I still applaud the sentiment behind this famous quote.

In doing for your country, you are doing for your community (or at least one of the communities to which you belong). And it doing for your community, you can find meaning and purpose that is soul satisfying. It's my personal answer about transcendence. I look for meaning through my contribution to communities I value.

Sean Sayers has published what I find to be a compelling introduction to communitarianism. His “Identity and Community” nicely frames the issues and points the reader to deeper philosophical justifications for the positions he advances. It's a good place to start – recommended.

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