The common good is diverse, individualistic, and communal. The larger the community, the greater the diversity. Holiday family dinners reinforce this understanding of diversity. Even within the core family there are differences. You complain about that crazy uncle ranting about religion, politics, and social norms. However, when someone outside the family criticizes him, you jump to his defense. This is the mystery of how you understand individual paradigm, within the context of the greater whole the common good. “Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It’s about reclaiming the power of ‘We the People’ to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.” (Parker Palmer, PhD)

The 2016 election cycle rebuked political correctness. This is how understanding and ideas get distorted. Crazy uncle talk about political correctness is simply the way in which you are distracted from important ideas. If you cannot speak frankly and honestly about a subject or issue, you ensure that the problem is never resolved. Political correctness and respect or two different issues. Respect is consideration of others, their ideas, traditions, faith, and moral paradigms. Respect is the fundamental framework for the common good. Civility is the guiding principle. The common good requires enculturation without diminishing the contributing cultures and traditions. When you build on the present with many voices, stories, and dreams, you will advance the concept of the common good. The great American tradition is one of pluralism, not exclusive secularism. The strength of our country is reflected in the contributions that we all make to the common good.” (Cardinal, Donald Wuerl)