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Monday, November 19, 2012

Our Human Togetherness

The Enlightenment creed taught that every individual was free to pursue his or own happiness, irrespective of what others thought or said. (...) people do not take others seriously - they do not need others.
To heal we need to break the grip of the spurious doctrine of autonomy and retrieve what is essentially human. We must reaffirm the indispensableness of conviction and commitment. 
We need to retrieve togetherness, interdependence, ”symbiosis”. The individual is not a monad, but part of an organism. We live in one world, in which the rescue of some at the expense of others is not possible. Only together is there salvation and survival. This includes not only a new relationship to nature, but also among humans. (...) human existence is by definition intersubjective existence. here lies the pertinence of the rediscovery of the church as Body of Christ and of the Christian mission as building a community of those who share a common destiny. (David J. Bosch, Transforming Mission, Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission)