We used to stay in the same village for generations in a craft or profession passed down from our parents. Now we make our own way in the world. On average, we live more than a hundred miles from where we were born, and pursue different careers from our parents and across our own lifetime, and form friendships by our own interests rather than location.

Should we be wary of this new found independence? Has it led to the decline of the family and is it a passport to isolation and social breakdown? Or has the global village enabled us to shake off the shackles and accident of our birth, and liberated us to be ourselves to pursue our potential to its maximum?

Spectator journalist Kate Andrews, renowned Emeritus Professor of Theology John Milbank, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied come together to consider the pitfalls of this age of independence. 

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