SPIRITUALITY, FAIR TRADE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
08
October
2013

Bruni and Uelman

In The Economy of Communion Project, one phrase that really stood out to me was “the core of our being, our deepest fulfillment is found in a life of communion, in loving, in giving.” This reading seemed to be the exact opposite of our second reading which stressed that establishing relationships with others was setting ourselves up to be wounded. I felt I could relate to the Economy of Communion Project much easier because it seemed more like, a jar half full attitude rather than a jar half empty.

“The Core of our being, our deepest fulfillment is found in a life of communion, in loving, in giving.” This is a really powerful statement that caused me to reflect on how often I make time to both love and give to others. Often, 24 hours in a day just never seem like enough time to get everything on our to-do lists finished none the less add in trying to make time for others. Over the past few months, I’ve been making an effort to give my full attention to others when I am with them after being told that I always seem like I am in a rush and thinking about something else. While it was really hard to hear this, when I took the time to really think about it, it is 100% true. It feels better to have good relationships with those around me; it’s energizing.

“We want our doctors to take good care of us not only because they are executing a contract, or because they want to keep us alive so that we will be a source of future business, but also because they are genuinely concerned with our well-being…similarly, we hope that teachers discipline or praise our children not only for the salary, but also because they are genuinely interest in the growth of our children. Normal relations in the market require something more, beyond contractual relations.”

This statement could not have summed up the feelings and beliefs of society more perfectly. We always want teachers and doctors to go beyond the bare minimum and when we do not feel like they are, we simply replace them with someone who will. Businesses that perform a service are held to higher standards than those that supply a product, they are charged with building a solid reputation and being able to impress and meet the standards of the public. I feel this article makes really solid points when it comes to society expecting more than just social responsibility, we simply always expect more.



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