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Our seduction into ideals in festival, shortage, and acquisition are generating too many casualties. we have to leave a nation that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that includes the desire to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is termed a client tradition.
We imagine the loose industry 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. provide it up. there is not any such factor as purchaser 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 existence is ours to create jointly. This enjoyable method is determined by a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will greater elevate 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 in its place in a sacred tongue.
Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a trip of departure from our customer marketplace tradition, with its constellations of empire and regulate. realize an alternate set of ideals that experience the skill to rouse a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking future health should not inevitable—a tradition during which the social order produces sufficient for all. They ask you to think about this different country. to take part during this glossy exodus in the direction of a contemporary neighborhood. to evoke its beginnings are throughout us. An different Kingdom outlines this trip to build a destiny open air the structures global of recommendations
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Technology has eradicated mystery and time. We need technology, but technology is not an adequate instrument for the maintenance of social life. When technology tries to operate as an end in itself, it magnifies its rightful place. To serve us well, technology has to be situated in some other explanatory narrative; in our case, it belongs as one small and useful piece of neighborliness and covenant. Convenience Displaces Capacity Convenience sells so well that we are no longer producers. At best we are hobbyists or do a little home repair.
Andrew Carnegie sent out one of his people to find out how much money he had. The guy came back in two months and said, “I can’t answer your question. There is no way. ” And then Carnegie said he wanted to give most of it away. He couldn’t do that either. He was vexed by compound interest. Warren Buffet has the same problem. In Joshua Chapter 7, when Israel suffers a great military defeat, Joshua does an investigation and traces it down to the offending tribe and the offending guy. Joshua discovered that they lost because this guy Achan took something from the common good to add to his private collection.
And he could fix anything. If something went wrong, he just enjoyed fixing it himself. All this came from the fact that he had lived in a world where he had to be a productive person on the farm. Which is why farmers traditionally specialize in collecting baling wire. You can fix anything with baling wire. It is the agrarian duct tape. As we watch someone like Stan fix things around the house, we do not think what great skill he has; we think we could hire somebody to do that. What the free market consumer ideology has taken away from the neighborhood is the need and skill to be productive.
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