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Our seduction into ideals in festival, 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 incorporates the desire to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is termed a shopper 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. provide it up. there isn't any such factor as patron delight.
We want a new narrative, a shift in our considering and conversing. An different Kingdom takes us out of a tradition of addictive intake right into a position the place existence is ours to create jointly. This enjoyable approach relies on a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will higher increase our kids, be fit, be hooked up, 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 shopper marketplace tradition, with its constellations of empire and keep an eye on. notice another set of ideals that experience the means to rouse a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking future health aren't inevitable—a tradition during 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 rouse its beginnings are throughout us. An different Kingdom outlines this trip to build a destiny outdoor the structures international of recommendations
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Even if we choose to home school our children, this won’t work for all. We need schools. We just have to stop asking the school to raise our children. We want to re-formulate the systems we need to support the neighborly culture, not reform the ones we already have. We want to construct a communal world, one in which the functions that systems perform are congruent with what the community needs. When communities are fully functioning, when they are doing all the things they can do themselves, then we can re-discover what systems we need and what for.
Alongside the issue of how to treat widows, orphans, and immigrants is the question of prisoners. The United States has the greatest mass incarceration of prisoners in the world. We also have the most private enterprises owning correctional institutions. The three texts related to this are Isaiah 61, Psalm 146, and Matthew 25. All are about reaching out to prisoners. If we believe that economic provision must be made for these vulnerable people, the economy must be subordinated to the viability of society.
It comes before the meal, goes together with breaking bread. It is the prayer and benediction. That’s how love of surplus becomes a market liturgy. With sacraments like the DJIA, GNP/GDP, inflation rate, and economic growth rate, free market economics is raised to a spiritual practice. That discipline is what is under re-construction when we talk about the common good or a neighborly economy, especially if we talk of economic justice and equity and wealth redistribution, most commonly in the discussion of taxes and debt forgiveness.
An other kingdom: departing the consumer culture by Peter Block, Visit Amazon's Walter Brueggemann Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Walter Brueggemann, , John McKnight