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Sep 19, 2007


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A couple of phrases caught my attention

"the ecstasy of exchange is for all to enjoy."


"Exchange is remarkably invigorating process."

Ecstasy and invigorating are not words that I would use to describe my experience in the marketplace. I tolerate it but mostly I find exchange to be a pain in.....

Making exchanges especially major ones is exhasting. I can't imagine anyone finding them invigorating. Primarily because I am not competent to be making most of the choices. I am highly competent in a very narrow set of activities.

That is why I am attracted to what you have called the "New Monasticism." I am more than willing to turn over decisions about my housing, nutrition, health care, and transportation devices to those who are more skilled in those areas.

Michael W. Kruse

Hey Ceemac, Roman Catholic tradition has had monastic traditions for centuries. But monasticism even for Roman Catholics is special call from the universal call to be at work in the world. I question the very idea of monasticism but to the degree it is legit it is not normative for most of humanity and it cannot create a healthy productive mass economy.

We were made for work. Productive work is of God. Increased productivity through specialization of labor and economic exchange enhances that productivity. Participating in stewardship and exchange is a deep expression of human identity, though clearly marred by the fall.

So my concern is that New Monastic elements not impose personal predilections on the poor instead of inquiring what the poor need, which is to be integrated back into stewardship and exchange.

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