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Our seduction into ideals in festival, shortage, and acquisition are generating too many casualties. we have to go away a state 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 unfastened industry ideology that surrounds us is correct and inevitable and represents development. we're known as to raised adapt, be extra agile, extra lean, extra schooled, extra, extra, extra. supply it up. there is not any such factor as shopper delight.
We desire a new narrative, a shift in our considering 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 pleasing method will depend on a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will greater increase our kids, be fit, be hooked up, be secure, and supply a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a special 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. detect another set of ideals that experience the ability to rouse a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking future health will not be inevitable—a tradition during which the social order produces adequate 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 rouse its beginnings are throughout us. An different Kingdom outlines this trip to build a destiny outdoor the platforms global of recommendations
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The overthrow of the common good. And the covenant we have with each other. The Institutional Assumptions These four ideas—scarcity, certainty, perfection, and privatization— lead to ways of thinking we call the institutional assumptions. That means that I see my being, my future, the future I want to travel as one where the road is laid by the great institutions of society. If they are working, then I’m moving right down the highway. If they aren’t working, then they need to be fixed with a bigger road-laying machine.
You’ve got to have a Mother Tongue. He finally won. King Ferdinand could see the point, and he and Isabella created the Mother Tongue. A centralized, consistent set of symbolic exchanges replaced the disciplines of unpredictable local cultures. Illich always said the vernacular language was critical to a culture. Our tongue, our language, the vernacular is what the Mother Tongue assaulted. In recent times, the Basques were required to speak Castilian, the language of Madrid, not the Basque language.
Even in the wilderness of an uncertain future. This thinking is a stretch of the imagination. It envisions social relationships in a different world, in a manna-based culture. It’s a sharp contrast to a culture organized around commerce, a market ideology built on scarcity and the central premise that we cannot believe in sufficiency. It declares that we can never be satisfied with what we have, with the effect that customer satisfaction is truly an oxymoron. A neighborly culture would declare that nature no longer needs to be productive.