I rarely refer people to a blog article by someone whom I don’t know. But I was recently directed to an article by William Gairdner that does an excellent job of looking at the fact that none of us lives in a “moral bubble.” Our lives are always connected to the lives of others. In Orthodoxy this is a fundamental doctrine of the nature of persons. His article, though largely exploring the issue in terms of ethics and “political” thought, makes an excellent presentation of the ideas involved. It also points to some of the sources for much of modern “individualistic” thought that is simply anathema to the Orthodox faith. I recommend it as a good read. Hats off to the Web Elf for the link!