"Institutions" is a dirty word for many people. Often interchangeable with "bureaucracy", many of us are convinced that institutions only exist to serve themselves and empower the powerful.
This is frequently the case, but Yuval Levin suggests that the healing of our culture will come about not through fewer institutions, but better ones. "Our institutions are the forms of our common life, the structures and shapes of the things we do together," says Levin.
At the heart of our misconception lies the belief that institutions should be performative for us rather than formative of us. But institutions like marriage, family, community, congress, and the university are not "platforms for us to be seen on and to raise our profile and visibility." They are the vital ways we are formed to be part of something greater than ourselves.
Listen to Yuval Levin in conversation with Collin Hansen on Gospelbound. You can also check out Levin's latest book A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream.