Generalized, near-universal sociopathy is the background condition of modernity. You can’t fuck 10 different people without breaking your ability to pair-bond. You can’t move from one neighborhood to another 10 times without breaking your ability to community-bond. The freakishness of modernity can’t be overstated. Everyone is a sociopath.
I myself am not making any effort to really integrate into my town while I don’t have tenure, which is rational, just like not getting attached to one’s one-night flings. I’d say that I don’t enjoy community-hopping, that I’m just doing it for the money, but this would not make the analogy more flattering.
People talk a lot about the morality of receiving immigrants (that is, the duties of the hosts) but very little about the morality of immigration itself (the duties of would-be immigrants). Is it ever immoral to break ties and go from one place to another–immoral, that is, simply because of the breaking of communal ties and not because of some accidental consequence? It’s funny that patriotism is a duty, and yet there’s nothing wrong with switching one’s nationality. National loyalty is a lot like modern marriage, which frowns on adultery but not divorce. What about the city that raised us? What duties do we have to it?
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