THE COMMON GOOD
HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMON GOOD?
The Catholic emphasis on the common good emerges from the conviction about human dignity. The common good is “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”7
Emphasis on the common good shapes values very differently from secular culture, which typically gives the freedom of the individual greater importance than the needs of others. A concern for the common good leads us to make choices as individuals, groups or organizations in light of how these choices affect other people and the community as a whole. Our decisions and actions affect people in our classrooms, residence halls, houses, neighborhood, campus, city, country and ultimately the world community.
Furthermore, we are called to work actively to create and promote the common good at the University of Dayton and beyond. This may involve challenging behavior that is harmful to others or working.