Many prominent conservatives of the 20th century have commented on moral superiority of a love of a particular place and community over a general cosmopolitan love of humanity. For a multitude of reasons, suburban living does not help to foster this love of one’s immediate surroundings. Suburbs, despite being a “nice” and “comfortable” place to live, create a set of conditions that undermine the development of a genuine love of one’s land and neighbor by physically separating one from two of the most important aspects of human existence: work and community. In the absence of a genuine love of place, many suburbanites, especially the young and idealistic, choose to embrace a humanistic worldview that happens to exclude most of humanity.

Author information: Joseph Natali is a graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe Pennsylvania, bearing degrees in Politics and History. He is currently a faculty member at Chandler Preparatory Academy, a classical charter school in Chandler, Arizona, teaching 12th grade Humane Letters and 11th grade Economics.



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