The Virtue of Sustaining

It’s chic in the neoliberal age to celebrate the not inconsiderable virtues of movement. [immigration] But we should also not forget the virtues of sustaining.

Many of the small towns and intricate local conventions of American life were nurtured by that multigenerational process of sustaining. And, of course, these local traditions become open to new residents; American life is not a closed circle, and radical stasis should not be the aim.

While our culture has long been infatuated with the plucky individual who goes far in search of the lights of a distant city, there is also considerable virtue and dignity in those who keep the home fires burning for that brave wanderer.

–Fred Bauer, National Review

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