Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's A Chicago Thing!

“The numerous stories we hear of people suffering so much because they’re unable to get access to health care makes this such a need,” said Jesuit Father John Baumann. “We’re hoping that thousands and thousands will call in to show support for health care reform and that the reform will cover everyone.”

Father Baumann in 1972 founded PICO National Network, a community–organizing initiative that started in Chicago.

Link (here)


Anonymous said...

"A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."
Thomas Merton

Humanistic ideal: "Man is the measure of all things and that our job is to make life worth living."

"But it is not necessary here to argue whether the other-worldly or the humanistic ideal is 'higher.' The point is that they are incompatible. One must choose between God and Man, and all 'radicals' and 'progressives' from the mildest liberal . . . have in effect chosen Man."

Orwell: "Reflections on Gandhi"

" . . . poltics, which of their nature are inseparable from coercion and fraud."

TonyD said...

I'm not sure that arguing for or against a particular policy based on the "serving two masters" paradigm is useful.

Ignoring any particular policy or its source, I would think that about one third of the time the two masters would want something completely incompatible, one third of the time there would be a significant overlap, and one third there would be essentially no mutual interest. (unless you claim that the other master is Satan in this particular case - if so, just ignore this comment.)

In effect, I'm saying that you can't take judgment out of the equation. Pithy quotes are just pithy quotes. I consider it a greater obligation,responsibility, and burden to be forced to become someone able to evaluate complex trade-offs.

Joseph Fromm said...

Awesome, Orwell and the Two Standards in one comment box! Thank you both for your interest and participation.



Anonymous said...

Tony D:

“ . . . all attempts to create heaven on earth lead to hell on earth.” Camus

Truth. Look it up in a history book.

My point (in addition to the one on top of my pate) is: we have an abundance of professional class-haters, race-baiters, victimocrats, and community agitators.

We do not have enough priests.

Plus, your dualists, to me, generally adhere to St. Marx not St. Mark.

Obama and lberals (abortion, brain-washing public school children, promiscuity, ESCR, contraception, class hatred, class envy, racial hatred, etc.) appear closer to satan than to Christ.

If you think not, ignore this comment.

T. Shaw