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Our seduction into ideals in pageant, shortage, and acquisition are generating too many casualties. we have to leave a state that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that includes the need to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is termed a client tradition.
We imagine the loose marketplace ideology that surrounds us is correct and inevitable and represents growth. we're referred to as to higher adapt, be extra agile, extra lean, extra schooled, extra, extra, extra. supply it up. there isn't any such factor as buyer pride.
We desire a new narrative, a shift in our pondering and talking. An different Kingdom takes us out of a tradition of addictive intake right into a position the place lifestyles is ours to create jointly. This pleasant manner will depend on a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will higher bring up our youngsters, be fit, be attached, be secure, and supply a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a distinct language than market-hype. It speaks as a substitute in a sacred tongue.
Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a trip of departure from our buyer industry tradition, with its constellations of empire and keep watch over. become aware of another set of ideals that experience the capability to rouse a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking health and wellbeing will not be inevitable—a tradition within which the social order produces adequate for all. They ask you to think about this different nation. to take part during this smooth exodus in the direction of a latest group. to evoke its beginnings are throughout us. An different Kingdom outlines this trip to build a destiny outdoor the platforms global of strategies
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The market culture has us aspire to be God, and the power that it has over us is called progress. It demands that we act as if we are not human. As if we are not in a finite place and in a limited universe. As if we are not going to die. William Paley was a founder of CBS and an iconic leader of the corporate market world. ” Neighborly Beliefs 19 The practices of community, and neighborliness, with their common rituals of grief and celebration, are ways of dealing with the fact that we are not God.
That’s the only text in the Bible that holds an imperial danger: the text that speaks about subordinating the economy to the common good. A church friend and I never have lunch that he doesn’t rail against food stamps. He is so worried that somebody is going to get something for nothing. Is he worried about going hungry? No. Then why is he worried about somebody getting something for nothing? What’s behind that? Because everybody ought to work. That’s his slogan. Everybody ought to work for what they get.
Fallibility Neighborliness is based on the knowledge that fallibility is a permanent and natural condition. Fallibility is attentive to the limits of growth. It holds that the cost of development outweighs its attraction. It sees that Neighborly Beliefs 17 death is not a problem to be solved, but a state that animates life. It appreciates that the planet is wounded and needs care for its restoration. We can see clearly how accepting fallibility works by looking at the movement to include people who are called developmentally disabled.