Friday, March 29, 2013

Cinemagogue: Harleman on Oz--chasing greatness, lacking goodness

... It doesn’t matter what position you have in life – plumber or paleontologist, pugilist or playwright – the temptation to pursue greatness at the expense of one’s goodness is a powerful thing. Even a pastor is not immune, and thus we all face this temptation: treating people like objects for our advancement instead of objects of our love an service, as tools instead of trusted friends. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t pursue excellence, but we always need to be counting the cost, and the motivations, lest we pave over people in our personal passions and pursuit.

There's a little more, of course, but this is the pull quote to see if you'll read more.  :)

That there are plenty of ruminations here on how empires are built upon foundations of human sacrifice is not hard to establish.  It's also not difficult to establish that one of the recurring themes here is that whatever legacy you believe you're pursuing or creating you should steer clear (to put it nicely) of building a legacy upon a foundation of human sacrifice.  That people don't literally bleed and die, that animals aren't literally slaughtered in a ritual offering, does not mean that we don't see plenty of empires and legacies and little kingdoms and great nations whose legacies are predicated on human sacrifice. The more brilliant principalities can convince you to give up your own life willingly in exchange for having a share in the promise of glory. 

If whoever would be greatest must be the servant of all holds any weight some of that weight may be in telling us whose life should be sacrificed in the pursuit of what sort of legacy the teacher was working toward. 

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