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Monday 28 January, 02008


by Matthew Bartlett @ 7:54 am

Eric Schlosser (of Fast Food Nation fame) on the prison-industrial complex [via NRT]
Burning Man and the gift economy
Eye of the Fish is spawned from WellUrban

Eisenhower said:

[There is] a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.

Wendell Berry said:

I think that human dignity … depends on not knowing everything. I think that you and I have a measure of dignity and are granted a measure of dignity because just anybody cannot presume to understand us entirely, and that dignity, that mystery, seems to me to be infinitely worth protecting.

Thanks for coming to the engagement party. We had a ten out of ten time.

3 responses to “Cradle”

  1. dennis bartlett says:

    isn’t capitalism Christian then ?

  2. Matthew says:

    It probably depends what you mean by capitalism. It isn’t Christian to abstract the concept of ownership so far that good stewardship is impossible. Or to narrow the concept of stewardship to cover only short-term profitability.

  3. I’m not sure there is anything inherrantly Christian about capitalism. I think it’s something that can be supported by Christianity if used in the correct way. But like all philosophies people make up, it has weaknesses. Like Matt says, it tends to enhance people’s tendency to only care about short term.

    That ain’t Christian.

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