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Our seduction into ideals in festival, shortage, and acquisition are generating too many casualties. we have to leave a state that creates isolation, polarized debate, an exhausted planet, and violence that includes 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 desire 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 pleasurable means depends on a neighborly covenant—an contract that we jointly, will greater increase our youngsters, 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 purchaser industry tradition, with its constellations of empire and keep watch over. detect an alternate set of ideals that experience the capability to awaken a tradition the place poverty, violence, and shrinking health aren't inevitable—a tradition within 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 latest neighborhood. to rouse its beginnings are throughout us. An different Kingdom outlines this trip to build a destiny open air the platforms international of recommendations

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We hold the mechanistic idea in most all of our solutions that we have to fix the institutions. Individuals and the community are relegated to wait for the institutional fix. We simply play our part as members of the institution. The Free Market Consumer Ideology 5 That machine cannot be fixed. It has done all it can do. And wherever we are going to go, it’s a path that is constructive, not additive. We are going to have to re-conceive the nature of departure. Interpersonal Is a Problem A key tenet of institutions is that anything that is personal is a problem to be solved.

30 An Other Kingdom Exploring the meaning of money includes asking: What does poverty mean? Poverty is not simply the absence of money. It is the absence of possibility and the effect of living outside the consumer economy. If you give money to poor people, it helps, but is not decisive in lifting them out of the mindset and exclusion that poverty represents. That is why charity and programs within the market ideology have limits. The poor and the rich are both out of relationship with money and our construction of it.

The business perspective and globalization promote homogeneity and eliminate local culture. John recalls hearing a story from Ivan Illich that dramatizes the culture’s need for control and predictability and eventually made its way into Shadow Work (1981). As David Cayley (2015) tells it, Illich wrote an essay that begins with the story of Antonio Nebrija (1441– 1522), a Spanish scholar who, in 1492, approached Queen Isabella of Spain in the hope of winning her support for his plan to write a Enough Is Enough 25 formal grammar of the Castilian language.

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