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Our seduction into ideals in pageant, shortage, and acquisition are generating too many casualties. we have to leave a country 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 known as to higher adapt, be extra agile, extra lean, extra schooled, extra, extra, extra. supply it up. there's no such factor as consumer pride.
We want a new narrative, a shift in our pondering and conversing. 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 gratifying approach will depend on a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will larger increase our youngsters, be fit, be hooked up, be secure, and supply a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a distinct language than market-hype. It speaks as an alternative in a sacred tongue.
Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a trip of departure from our purchaser industry tradition, with its constellations of empire and keep watch over. realize an alternate set of ideals that experience the potential to awaken a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking overall healthiness aren't inevitable—a tradition within which the social order produces adequate for all. They ask you to think about this different state. to take part during this sleek 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 open air the structures international of options
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And everybody knew it. Every week the results of the competition were reconfirmed. That’s not education, that’s tyranny. After you’ve built a wagon with square wheels over and over again, a round wheel is not too hard to invent. For our culture, that wheel is called cooperation. What we’re trying to remind ourselves about the culture of competition is what a round-wheeled wagon looks like. You first have to understand that you’re in a culture that commands you without your ever knowing you’re commanded.
4 Tentacles of Empire You gave me no water for my feet . you gave me no kiss . you did not anoint my head with oil. —Luke 7:44–46 I n Cuernavaca in the 1960s Ivan Illich had a discussion about institutional evolution with people from around the world. He was very prophetic in saying that you could trace the community benefits of institutions through time. They rise and then flatten out and then they begin to recede and move in the opposite direction for which the institution was created. He called that counter-productivity.
The social entrepreneurs and conscious capitalists are trying to be kinder to their employees and better serve their customers and suppliers. The next step is to imagine that the common good calls for more than that: It calls us to question surplus. Question globalization. Commit to local livelihood, food that rots, neighborhoods that raise children. To imagine that the purpose of an enterprise can be communal. A scarcity and monopoly economy creates a context in which considering alternatives—an economy of generosity or core economy or an underground economy or a non-monetized economy—makes no sense.