I love Why - it's my go to question. I'm a professional mediator - so by nature, and by training, my first question is always, "why?" Why do you want that? Why do you think that? Why do you think they think that? Why do you think they did that and want that? And, why on God's green earth would they say that?
I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.