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The groups of people in which we exercise the most significant dimensions of our humanity are nonelective; we do not choose them. It is in the shared daily life of nonelective circumstances that we learn the crucial relational and spiritual codes of life; there we can resist narcissism (which today is a social pandemic) and become adults. It is a process of lifelong learning that acquires a very high value when, because of a mysterious loyalty to oneself, one remains in communities in which people no longer recognize each other, when there comes a sort of “awakening” and one has the strong impression of having made a mistake with that community and with almost everything.
This was the so-called “civil economy” tradition that understood the entire economy and society in terms of cooperation and reciprocity. Family businesses (in Italy 90 of the private sector is still composed of these), cooperatives, and Adriano Olivetti2 can all be explained by taking seriously the cooperative and communal nature of the economy. This is why the European cooperative movement has been the most typical expression of market economy in Europe. Some industrial districts, such as Prato for yarn and Fermo for shoes, were and are entire communities that became economic entities without ceasing to be communities.
The need for esteem is much greater than our capacity to supply it, as the economist Geoffrey Brennan and the philosopher Philip Pettit remind us in their book The Economy of Esteem. The present shortage of esteem is symptomatic of a typical failing of our market-based society. Such a society is characterized by an expanding domination of markets, resulting in an extreme scarcity of any goods that cannot be priced, the kind of goods that are often essential to leading a good private and social life.