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12. The Grace of the World

John D. Caputo Indiana University Press ePub

 

 

 

 

What is going to come, perhaps, is not only this or that;
it is at last the thought of the
perhaps, the perhaps itself…
the arrivant could also be the
perhaps itself,
the unheard of, totally new experience of the
perhaps.

                                                      —JACQUES DERRIDA

So we come to stand on the ground of a certain materialism but of an odd sort, the groundless ground of a certain religious materialism. Likewise we stand on the ground of a certain religion, but it too is an odd sort of religion, a religion without religion,1 with a weak theology not a strong, a theology of insistence not existence, of “perhaps” not of an ens necessarium. There is grace, grace happens, but it is the grace of the world. There is salvation, but we are “saved” only for an instant, in the instant, saved without salvation by a faith that does not keep us safe. This insistence upon time and mortality is poorly described as a form of radical atheism because it is a way we have come upon to reconfigure what we mean by God and to break the grip not only of a strong theology but no less of a violent atheism and above all of the tiresome wars between the two. There is salvation, but being saved is a matter of time, of saving time, of a time that saves. There is faith, but we have reconfigured faith to be a faith in time, in love, in life, a way of standing up for life, a passion for life, having faith in what Heidegger called the worlding of the world. There is resurrection, but it is only for a moment, granting more mortal life not eternal life, for which Martha, the sister of Lazarus, pressed a tardy Jesus. There is transcendence but it is the transcendence that happens on “this side” because after all there only is one side. In the terms of the classical distinction, which I am trying to redescribe, transcendence happens as the immanence of transcendence in immanence, on this side, this life, this mortal life.

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TWO: THE LOIS ALTERNATIVE

Shuman, Michael H. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The Hershey Chocolate Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is not your typical LOIS business. Its stock is publicly traded, which normally makes local ownership impossible, but a local charity, the Hershey Trust, keeps ownership local by controlling 77 percent of all voting shares.1 Unlike most LOIS businesses, it is hardly small. In 2001 about sixty-two hundred employees were on payroll, many living in the Hershey area. The company not only saturates local chocolate demand but also sells worldwide to the tune of $4.6 billion per year.

The Hershey Trust is effectively the heart that pumps monetary blood throughout the regional economy. It owns 100 percent of the shares of the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, which employs another fifteen hundred locals (plus five thousand seasonal workers) in its amusement parks, stadiums, campgrounds, country clubs, and numerous other enterprises. On top of that, the Trust runs a school for twelve hundred underprivileged kids, grades K through 12. Milton Hershey put all his stock in the Trust in 1918 to underwrite the academy in perpetuity.

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Introduction: The Gar Returns

Mark Spitzer University of North Texas Press ePub

The number one question I get asked about gar is why I'm so interested in them. My primary answer is that they're the coolest fish I've ever seen. I mean, just look at these things: They're from a tubular, fossil-fish family that's been around for over a hundred million years, they have an arsenal of deadly fangs, they have armored scales, and they can breathe air with lung-like organs. My secondary response, however, has to do with the mythology of this fish, which has historically been labeled a monster. Having always been intrigued by our fascination with creatures we attribute “supernatural” qualities to, I couldn't help actively investigating this symbolically rich, dragon-headed fish.

Along the way, I studied the science, the history, and the folklore of gar. I fished for them, wrote and published “garticles,” and explored their eco-issues. My research got picked up by the fishing celebrity Jeremy Wade of River Monsters fame, I caught gator gar with him and appeared on his show, and I also consulted for the Zeb Hogan Monster Fish episode on alligator gar produced by National Geographic. Around the same time, I hooked up with the international gar community, comprised mostly of biologists and fishery specialists. Then, in 2010, my first gar book, Season of the Gar: Adventures in Pursuit of America's Most Misunderstood Fish, came out from the University of Arkansas Press.

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Chapter Three: Fear of aloneness

Karnac Books ePub

Peggy B. Hutson

Throughout life, fear of aloneness is an intermittent feeling in all people. It spells out the first and always present need in everyone, a need for safety and security. Symptoms due to fear of aloneness may occur with or without being attached to thoughts. In the early period of life, it presents as high anxiety and fear upon separation. When the infant is basically helpless, this alarming feeling of aloneness occurs upon even short separation from the mother (carer). From the toddler stage, a defining view of the early normal fear of aloneness is the scene of a lost child frantically crying in a department store. The feeling of safety and security is gone. The connection has been broken. Adults close by move quickly towards that child until one reaches him or her and connects. The others begin to look for the mother. And the mother, once aware that the child is not there, is frantically looking for her child. From their unconscious and conscious memory banks from their own early days, most adults know they are seeing a desperate need for safety and security. This was precipitated by a severe fear of aloneness in this little one. The best solution at that moment was through reconnection with a warm, reassuring and mature mother or mother figure.

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Appendix

Swanson, Richard Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

Appendix 279

Task Inventory

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Chapter Four - Who is the Boss? Balancing Power and Vulnerability in the Client–Consultant Relationship

Karnac Books ePub

Francesca Cardona

“They that have power to hurt and will do none”

—Shakespeare, Sonnet 94

Introduction 1

I meet with Anne, the director of a very successful company, to discuss some possible consultation to her organisation. The atmosphere is friendly, though quite cautious. We both know one of the main reasons we are meeting is her recent breakdown. She has been on sick-leave for a number of weeks and has reluctantly accepted the need to invest in, and delegate more to, her senior team. Anne is a formidable and extremely competent leader, who has developed her organisation significantly. Her breakdown has signalled to her and to the rest of the organisation that something has to change, in particular her centralised approach. The breakdown is not a secret, but it is something almost unspeakable. I have to force myself to mention it as an important factor in our preliminary discussion. I am also aware that this potential assignment could be a substantial and very interesting project: it would give me the opportunity to work in a new field and with an organisation facing exciting challenges.

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CHAPTER 11 Collaborating at the Verge of Differences

Kennedy, Debbe Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“New paradigms almost always come from the edge.”

—Joel A. Barker Futurist, filmmaker, and author

Have you ever thought about how opposites work well paired together? When it comes to taste, as an example, sweet and salty is a great combination; or consider the pairing of fruit and savory meats in French cooking, or spicy Thai peanut sauce served with cool cucumber. When it comes to color, one goes to the opposite side of the color wheel to find the color that is most complementary, like blue and orange. When it comes to great collaboration, think about the depth of coverage that comes in pairing men and women, an academic with a practitioner, or a left-brain thinker with a right-brain thinker. Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet, saw the great potential in the meeting of opposite ideas when he said, “Beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” Joel Barker, the futurist who popularized the concept of paradigm shifts, has been looking for Rumi’s field. He thinks he has found it, but if he is right, it is not a field but the intersection between fields that are different from one another. As described in the previous chapter, he uses the term verge to describe this kind of intersection. He believes that the verge will be this century’s most important territory for innovation.

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18. Conscience and the Super-Ego

Symington, Neville Karnac Books ePub

Dorothea's voice gave loud emphatic iteration to those muffled suggestions of consciousness which it was possible to explain as mere fancy, the illusion of exaggerated sensitiveness: always when such suggestions are unmistakably repeated from without, they are resisted as cruel and unjust. We are angered even by the full acceptance of our humiliating confessions – how much more by hearing in hard distinct syllables from the lips of a near observer, those confused murmurs which we try to call morbid, and strive against as if they were the oncoming of numbness! And this cruel outward accuser was there in the shape of a wife – nay, of a young bride, who, instead of observing his abundant pen scratches and amplitude of paper with the uncritical awe of an elegant-minded canary-bird, seemed to present herself as a spy watching everything with a malign power of inference.

(George Eliot, 1973)

I was once told the following story:

Mother was sitting at her desk and could see the dining-room table on which there was a bowl of fruit. She saw her six-year-old son tip-toe in and take an apple from the bowl and then slip out again. Mother had asked her children not to take food between meals without asking her, so she made a mental note to speak to her son afterwards. Five minutes later, her son crept back and returned the apple to the bowl. As he did so, she heard him say, ‘I've tricked the devil again.’

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Chapter 1 There Is No “Free” Market

Hartmann, Thom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Look at history and you will find that the middle class was the creation of liberal democracies. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not fight a bloody war to create a country only for wealthy property holders. (See chapter 4 to fully understand how wrong is the corrosive myth of the “rich Founders.”) Our Founders believed that every Bob Cratchit willing to work for his living should be able to earn enough to own his house and support himself and his family. That’s what it means to be middle class—and part of why Jefferson put “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” into the Declaration of Independence.

The Founders also knew that the middle class doesn’t just materialize out of thin air. That’s why, in the preamble to the Constitution, they wrote that one purpose of government was to “promote the general welfare.”

Two centuries later, when the middle class was in danger of disappearing during the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt almost single-handedly created a new middle class through his New Deal policies. Roosevelt’s success demonstrates that government can and must “promote the general welfare” because only government can create the conditions that make a middle class possible. And FDR was able to do it only because an overwhelming majority of Americans voted for it in a relatively free and open democracy.

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Part Two: Richard Week-by-Week (A Critique of the ‘Narrative of a Child Analysis’ and a Review of Melanie Klein's Work)

Meltzer, Donald Harris Meltzer Trust ePub

(A CRITIQUE OF THE ‘NARRATIVE OF A CHILD ANALYSISAND A REVIEW OF MELANIE KLEIN'S WORK)

I wish to thank Mr Eric Rhode, Mrs Catherine Mack Smith and Mrs Margaret Williams for their help in the preparation and proofing of the text.

Any systematic attempt to teach Melanie Klein's work runs almost immediately into difficulties that are the exact opposite of the problems facing one in teaching Freud. Where the theoretical tail wags the clinical dog with him, hardly any theoretical tail exists to be wagged with her. This is not immediately apparent because all her earlier work (until the paper on manic-depressive states, but really only taking a clear-cut line of departure with the 1946 paper on schizoid mechanisms) is couched in the theoretical language of Freud and Abraham, shifting from the terms of Libido and Topographic Theory to the new Structural one.

One can hardly ascribe naïveté to such an astute woman; one must assume that the philosophy of science did not really interest her. The laws of evidence; the distinction between description, model, theory and notational system; the different classes of definitory statements – none of this concerned her. This was partly a matter of modesty, for she clearly considered her work to be merely a filling-out and clarification of Freud's and never recognized the huge leap she had made in method or model of the mind. She tended to be hurt and astonished by the hostility directed at her and thought of it only as antagonism to the ideas, much as Freud felt in his early isolation. But surely a great deal of this unfriendliness stemmed from very poor communication, linguistic snarles, further provoked by the dogmatic demeanor of her (and her colleagues’) writing. These are the preconditions for political struggle over the ‘mantle’, Freud's, Abraham's, later Mrs Klein's. Although it now becomes a bad pun to speak of dis-mantling the Kleinian myth, that is certainly one of the main functions of these lectures.

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11 Corporations Are Not Persons

Kelly, Marjorie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THE PRINCIPLE OF JUSTICE

In keeping with equal treatment of persons before
the law, the wealthy may not claim greater rights than others,
and corporations may not claim the rights of persons.

Imagining a new economic order is a first step, but finding a way to bring that vision into reality will be the final step. Ultimately it will mean working through the judicial and political process, and that means tackling the system’s ingrained prejudice toward wealth. In other words, before we can use our legal system to control the money-making machines called corporations, we must free the legal machinery itself from the grip of corporations and wealth.

That grip today is lawful because it is supported by the courts. But the monarchy in its day was also considered lawful. As long as such an unjust legal order remains in place, it works on society what French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once called “inert violence.”1 It does so not overtly but covertly, under the guise of justice.

When corporations assert aristocratic privileges like exemption from taxes, power to control the legislative process, or the right of the private realm to self-regulate, they do so by co-opting our democratic framework. They use this framework to claim the constitutional rights of persons for themselves, even as they deny the same rights to actual persons working inside corporations.

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5 PREPPING FOR THE CRUISE

Aaron Saunders FrommerMedia ePub

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Prepping for the Cruise

Packing, budgeting, embarkation…oh my! There are a number of tasks you’ll need to accomplish before you can board the boat and start to relax. Here’s a quick rundown with our (hopefully) helpful tips, plus some info on shipboard customs, fees and scheduling that you’ll want to know well before your trip.

Packing for Your Cruise

The must-haves on any cruise include a raincoat, an umbrella, and comfortable walking shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. A swimsuit is also a must if your ship has a pool or hot. You’ll also want to pack enough outfits for daytime sightseeing and dinners in the evening.

Packing for Formal, Informal & Casual Events

Some people agonize over what to pack for a cruise, but there’s no reason to fret. Except for the addition of a formal night or two, a cruise vacation is really no different from any resort vacation. And in some cases, it’s much more casual so don’t feel you have to go out and buy “cruise wear.” Sweatshirts, jeans, and jogging outfits are the norm during the day. Dinner is dress-up time on most ships, but certainly not on all (and except on smaller vessels, there’s always somewhere you can just pick up a quick bite in shorts and a t-shirt). The small adventure-type ships are all casual, all the time.

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CHAPTER TEN: GETTING INS TITUTIONS TO DO WHAT YOU WANT

Graham, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I think the question anyone has to ask is, “How will I feel in six months if I don’t do this now?”

EVELYN SCHAEFFER,
Veteran Activist

IF YOU WANT to solve a problem in the public realm, you’re almost certain to interact with institutions, especially government and corporate ones. That’s true whether you want to appeal your tax bill, stop the cutting of old-growth timber, or improve transportation planning for your city.

Dealing with institutions and the people who run them is not always an easy or pleasant process. This chapter covers three tools for getting institutions to do what you want:

Chapter 11 covers:

To these tools you can add three already covered:

Not covered in this book: electoral politics. My experience is limited, and there are already many excellent guides. See “Resources,” at the end of this book.158

You’re certain to be using more than one of these tools at a time. For example:

At the peak of its efforts to help create a Comprehensive Plan for Island County, the Citizens’ Coalition was negotiating with county officials, testifying at hearings, organizing public forums, fund-raising, getting one of our own elected to county office, managing several lawsuits, making public presentations, and guiding a PR strategy—all at the same time. We felt like that guy in the circus spinning plates on the ends of sticks.

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17 The Province Goes to the Center: The Case of Hadjiyorgakis Kornesios, Dragoman of Cyprus

Christine IsomVerhaaren Indiana University Press ePub

Antonis Hadjikyriacou

The dragoman of Cyprus . . . [caused] sedition and discord . . . by performing a great deal of villainy . . . to the Muslim worshippers. . . . [He escaped from Cyprus, and] when he arrived at Istanbul he was hidden in the palaces of the European states. . . . [He was] executed in front of the Sublime Gate, and his corpse was put upside-down in the basket of a broom-seller, carried around, and left outside the gate of the fish market; he thus became a warning to others. . . . He was going to escape to Russia by converting his property and cash to bills of exchange. . . . His house in Beşiktaş was given . . . to the Chief tax-inspector. . . . It was rumored that all his property and cash totaled 11,000 purses [5,500,000 kuruş].1

It is not very often that one finds Cypriot officials executed in Istanbul, let alone their execution described in Ottoman chronicles. Hadjiyorgakis Kornesios is one of the most intriguing figures in the history of Ottoman Cyprus and, given the above passage, understandably so. He was at the center of the political, social, and economic life of the island from the late eighteenth century until his death in 1809. Thus, he is one of the best-documented subjects of the Ottoman period of Cypriot history, and information on his activities appears in unconventional sources, such as folk songs, an agrarian almanac recording major events, and a narrative written on the back of a church icon.2

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10 On and On: Legacy of the Explosion

John Foster Indiana University Press ePub

AS THE THUNDEROUS, METAPHORICAL ECHOES OF THE CAMBRIAN explosion rumble away into the distance, it is dawn in the Ordovician. On a beach with light-blue tropical water reaching out to the horizon, there is only the soft sound of small waves rolling in to the sand. It is a scene that today might be punctuated by the cries of seagulls–only that on the first day of the Ordovician there are none, of course.1 There are no land plants behind us; as in the Cambrian, the only organisms on land are some algae, mosses, and an occasional arthropod venturing out of the tidal zone. Life is still mostly in the ocean.

The arrival of the Ordovician has been announced somewhere out in that vast expanse of ocean in front of us, by the appearance of a new type of conodont. That’s all–the great transition of one period to another. Indeed, little has changed. The Ordovician looks very much like the Cambrian. There is no post-apocalyptic wasteland of extinction, although a few species have disappeared. The cast that appeared in the Cambrian has begun to diversify. What is about to happen in the Ordovician is that the newly graduated Cambrian animal groups will take off into young adulthood and increase dramatically in diversity. Some will decrease in diversity and abundance, and others will expand, but the overall diversity and ecological complexity that got a toe hold in the Cambrian will fully bloom in the Ordovician as animals mature into the Paleozoic Evolutionary Fauna.

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