A Question

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : January 7, 2005

I had a four hour conversation with a professor friend of mine, Ivo.  We were talking about consumerism and living for the sake of others.  The more we discussed, the more I realized how difficult of a task it is to motivate people to voluntary simplicity for the sake of others.  At one point, Ivo asked the following question–a question which gets to the root of motivating people towards a vision of ethical living–and it is the question I pose to you:

Why is it the "best life" for the individual to elevate the "other?"

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3 Responses to “A Question”

  1. Chris B. on January 8th, 2005 3:29 pm

    Because it is God’s life.

  2. Van S on January 8th, 2005 3:39 pm

    Please elaborate, Christopher. I agree, and I get what you’re saying, but fleshing the idea out more would be good. Also, how do we help people see that orienting one’s self to the other and elevating them can draw them into the life of God.

  3. Bj?rn Wagner on January 10th, 2005 5:14 am

    As I would view it it is THE question of ethical living - why bother with others? For people who don’t know god there would be only one reason to treat others like I would like to be treated - because we as humans are a community, a relation based lifeform. Anything that benfits the community we live in will benefit ourselfs in the end. Of course it is Kant arguing here, but since his ethical thought is based on the sermon on the mount I totaly agree with him in that respect.
    Why should anyone who does not have a living relationship with god elevate the other? To treat them as we would like to be treated ist hard enough, but to go that lifestyle further and elevate - In my opinion you can’t explain that in any diskussion. It is a thing to be lived out and shown rather than explained.
    Thanks for the good question - I like to think!

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