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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 includes the need to empire. The abbreviation of this empire is termed a shopper tradition.
We imagine the unfastened marketplace ideology that surrounds us is right and inevitable and represents growth. 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 buyer delight.
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 existence is ours to create jointly. This pleasing method depends on a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will greater increase 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 an alternative in a sacred tongue.
Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a trip of departure from our patron marketplace tradition, with its constellations of empire and keep an eye on. realize another set of ideals that experience the capability to awaken a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking health and wellbeing usually are not inevitable—a tradition during which the social order produces sufficient for all. They ask you to contemplate this different country. to take part during this sleek 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 open air the platforms global of options
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What he misses is that poor people work harder than rich people. That’s not known. What interests me, of course, is that he never raises any questions about what unearned gifts he might have received. And it only recently occurred to me that he never raises any questions about the huge subsidies to business and industry, which are all something for nothing. But speak of those food stamps or those “poor people,” and it touches a deep emotional chord. —Walter 36 An Other Kingdom The Myth of Individualism What sustains the class system, the empire, and the free market narrative is the myth of individual development.
Convenience is what the market sells. It is a surcharge added to the cost of community. The Enough Is Enough 27 market’s promised convenience and speed turn out to have a hidden cost. The hidden cost of technology is an un-measured burden. What to do if my icemaker doesn’t make ice or my automatic teakettle doesn’t work? What if the computer goes down or is infected? In our romance with speed and convenience, the disruptions in our lives are masked. Plus, just because something is amazing, and useful and fast and cheap, doesn’t mean it improves the quality of our lives or relationships with one another.
That is why they give a discount if you open a credit card. Shipping and handling fees are a price increase if you buy online. Buy a computer, and then, at the register, you are urged to purchase a warranty. Guarantees that once came with a product now must be purchased separately as a clever form of price increase. Companies make money on rebates because, if they are complicated enough, 80 percent of customers won’t file them. When it comes to our own money we are sold on the idea of interest, annuities, mutual funds, because you have to put your money to work.