In this issue of Comment
we proudly profess that we believe in institutions
: minor hockey, the Hamilton Public Library, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Surrey Christian School, the Calgary Planning Commission, the United States Congress, the family . . .
Institutions will sometimes be scaffolds to support the weak; sometimes fences to protect the vulnerable; sometimes springboards to pursue new innovation.
In a cynical age that tends to celebrate anti-institutional suspicion, you should resist it—because institutions are ways to love our neighbours. Think of institutions as enactments
: not just something we build
, but something that we do
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