Love thy neighbour, with fires

Stephen Driscoll
Sydney Morning Herald

WHEN did our neighbours become strangers? Why is it that knowing your neighbours has become an antiquated concept? While it’s true that this is not a universal problem – indeed, we are lucky to have great neighbours who we know fairly well – it seems we are in the minority among our friends and acquaintances.

One friend complained that the whine of a blower vac was more likely to announce that their neighbour had returned home from holidays than the neighbour was themselves. Are we so time poor that we just don’t make the time to interact with others? Or are we so consumed with our own lives that we just don’t care about others? Is this malaise terminal, or can we do something about it?

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