|RE: christian cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Cowley (scowleyaclis.lib.utah.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 10:58:17 -0500|
Jim, I'm happy to talk. I do, in fact, know a lot of christian, republican, wealthy people who are, in fact, fine folks. And, not knowing you at all, don't presume you are pious. The problem I have is with a _system_ which has, over the course of human history, used the beliefs of various traditions to oppress and murder for the sake of its own security. No, I don't include "spirituality" as a separate human function. It is much too nebulous and easily abused for me, and usually fails to explain anything about what I have seen and experienced. I'd like to point out, in the course of this latest discussion on the cohousing list, the following: - That the current "humanization" of capitalism didn't start up on its own power. It was generated by people who deeply questioned the basic tenets of capitalism, wanted to survive within it (as we all do), and felt that they could finesse some change "from within". - Historically, christianity has been far more a destructive force than a "binding force", with millions upon millions of innocent people killed in its name. It is also, in fact, not the only choice for "motivating" people to live in community. Community is a basic human need and can provide its own motivation. - The first reaction of reactionaries is to kill the messenger, especially if s/he has uttered the word "system", or point out the historical injustices of this outdated system. "Rant" is the insult most often hurled. I am., in fact, a "Leftist", and am very proud to be associated with a long line of people who have been courageous enough to speak out. - I am all for evolving. To do so requires openness on all accounts, including those who represent the old school. Finally, I'd like to thank all of you who have taken the time to offer a serious reply.
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