Thursday, February 25, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

No doubt there are a variety of features that contribute to human solidarity. What, for you, is one main characteristic or quality that binds humanity together?

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8 comments:

Joshua said...

Human neediness.

Lukas und Céline Kuhs said...

Love is one of the things, that binds me to others (family, church, persons in need I know). Why? Cause love in unconditional.

Hmm, but it sometimes is conditional. So, what else? God made us social. "It is not good for man to be alone...". We need others. Therefore we always bind to others.

Greg said...

Joshua,
Thanks. What might this lead on to?

Greg said...

Lukas,
Thanks. Yes, love would be great, but love might be a problem because there is so much un-love around.

Needing others might be better. What might needing open up towards?

reneamac said...

Creation.

The Godhead created mankind in their likeness, writing their law on each and every soul.

And after that, Josh is right: the Fall. We all share that in common too. But I think it's important that our common origin comes first; that our common grace is more fundamental than our common fall from grace.

Finally we share a "longing for the good life" as Jamie Smith puts it---a longing for Redemption.

So, to boil it down to one main characteristic, like you asked for: The most fundamental binding quality we share is the Creation-Fall-Redemption story.

Greg said...

Renea,
Thanks. Common origin coming first; grace more fundamental that a fall from it. Excellent point.

Would you think this Creation-Fall-Redemption story open us up for responsibility towards the other? And if so, is this a quality or characteristic that binds humanity together?

reneamac said...

Definitely. John Donne's famous line is true. "No man is an island." We are made of the same fabric, and when one thread is pulled out we all experience the loss. I also believe that the Fall chapter of our story obliges us to empathize with one another when we'd rather forget our filial connection. Global humanitarian efforts, for one, show that we not only have visions of the good life for ourselves, but a shared vision for everyone (even if the vision is blurred and we don't recognize the best life as the Kingdom of God).

Greg said...

Renea,
Thanks. Being responsible to and for each other seems to me to be a creational and Kingdom of God calling that we have too often left to politics or economics. How unfortunate that we tend to make responsibility someone else's. Having said that, however, I do believe change happens and that God will bring us gently along to be more faithful to our calling.