Thursday, March 1, 2012
What to read for today.
Chapter 7: Union and Division
Questions for your personal reflection.
What do you think about Merton’s distinction between a “person” and an “individual”?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
Sorry, but I don’t buy the statement, “I am born in selfishness.” It may be partly valid, but it’s incomplete, for I am born with the potential for both selfishness and altruism, and which of the two manifests is a product of circumstances, upbringing, choice and dozens of other factors. Nor does it trouble me that people assert their own desires and ambitions and appetites. That’s precisely how we manifest in the world and how we learn who we are. One person has an impulse for music. Another for business. Another for athletics. Merton’s wisdom is in identifying that these instincts become problematic when they are asserted to make us feel superior to others. “Who can escape the desire to breathe a different atmosphere from the rest of men?” Well said.
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