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Word of the week : Solidarity

Now, every week, My Sherpa chooses a word to highlight, because it’s “trendy”. Because there needs to be an explanation, and, above all, because it echoes our values and principles.

Today, focus on 

« Solidarity ».

Solidarity is traditionally a social duty or a reciprocal obligation of aid and assistance or of gracious collaboration. It exists between the people of a group or a community because of the bond that unites them. There is no solidarity outside of a closed group.

Solidarity is an obligation within a defined social group. The word is misused to also designate altruism, generosity or charity.

Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), French sociologist, showed that solidarity could take different forms :

  • mechanical solidarity, based on the similarity of individuals in traditional societies with a strong collective conscience,
  • organic solidarity, linked to interdependencies in modern societies due to the division of labor and individualism.

The sociologist makes solidarity a primarily social attitude and not the result of individual moral action.

In these times of crisis and this holiday season we need everyone’s solidarity more than ever!


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