chapter  9
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Conclusion: faraway so close

Taking my point of departure in an insight from Michael Jackson, I have argued that the concern to create a balance between a sense of agency and a sense of belonging to a larger moral order is a fundamental dynamic force in human practice. That this is so becomes particular clear in situations where the balance is radically broken; when people fail to anticipate the forthcoming of the world, experiencing loss of a sense of agency in and alienation from a world that seems beyond their control and understanding.