Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

    Contact us if you'd like get involved:
    scr.im/rwld

  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

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Jean Bethke Elshtain 1941-2013

Posted by Dale Kuehne on August 14, 2013

My heart breaks to learn of the death of Jean Bethke Elshtain of the University of Chicago and Georgetown University.

Not only did she have a foundational impact on my worldview, she was, and is, a role model for me of what it means to be a Scholar, Public Intellectual, and Christian.

She barely knew me, and yet was willing not just to read the manuscript of my book Sex and the iWorld, she also wrote the foreword. I later asked her why she took the risk of writing a foreword for a relatively unknown scholar and a very politically incorrect book. She replied by saying that it gave her a chance to write on a subject on which she had never published.

I am look forward to having an endless conversation with her in eternity. I pray that until then I can come to embody just a bit of what she professed.

http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2013/08/12/jean-bethke-elshtain-scholar-religion-and-political-philosophy-1941-2013

From the moment you were born,
your death has walked beside you.
Though it seldom shows its face,
you still feel its empty touch
when fear invades your life,
or what you love is lost
or inner damage is incurred…

Yet when destiny draws you
into these spaces of poverty,
and your heart stays generous
until some door opens into the light,
you are quietly befriending your death;
so that you will have no need to fear
when your time comes to turn and leave,

that the silent presence of your death
would call your life to attention,
wake you up to how scarce your time is
and to the urgency to become free
and equal to the call of your destiny.

That you would gather yourself
and decide carefully
how you now can live
the life you would love
to look back on
from your deathbed.

For Death by John O’Donahue from To Bless the Space Between Us (2008)

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