One cost of the retributive conversation is that it breeds entitlement. Entitlement is essentially the conversation, “What’s in it for me?” It expresses a scarcity mentality, and the economist tells us that only what is scarce has value. Entitlement is the outcome of a patriarchal culture, which I have discussed too often in other books. But for this discussion, I’ll simply say that if we create a context of fear, fault, and retribution, then we will focus on protecting ourselves, which plants the seed of entitlement.
The cost of entitlement is that it is an escape from accountability and soft on commitment. It gets in the way of authentic citizenship.
Michael did a wonderful job presenting what it is to be “transpartisan” at the recent Engaging the Other conference. Now he is being referenced in a recent blog/article: Libertarians on Establishment Demonization By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 29, 2009 1:14 pm Read the whole article at the above link. Here is a blurb from the … Continue reading
The Morning Blessing 12.30.10 Sleeper Lost In Dreams by James Christensen You Cannot Miss the Path of the Reawakened Master. The path of the forgotten master is well-worn because it has been walked upon many times. It is an inviting and appealing path, one that seems to say, “Enter me and you will … Continue reading