Saturday 30 July 2016

Vital values - and formation


“The ethos that stresses the ‘punctual self’ with its disengaged reason and its disembodied ego generates a climate that threatens, both publicly and privately, the flourishing of all but vital values.” [Fred Lawrence, “The Ethics of Authenticity and the Human Good, in Honor of Michael Vertin, an Authentic Colleague,” The Meaning and Importance of Insight: Essays in Honor of Michael Vertin, ed. John J. Liptay and David S. Liptay (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007) 136.] Vital values recalls Zac’s apology for staging Grease in Matunga: what values? Vital values. And here is an interesting analysis: modernity so banishes moral and religious values that that the only ones allowed to flourish in the public space are vital values, which Fred Lawrence describes in terms of “the overall health, strength and graceful comportment of our bodies.” [FL 135.] But, as Fred says above, the climate threatens both publicly and privately…. A climate that consecrated persons are not immune from, in any way. So there is a tug of war, between ‘formation’ and ‘formation.’ The social agent used to support once; now it opposes; and the Salesian self is formed in the in between, and who knows how, and to whom it belongs, to whom allegiance is finally or daily given, and who rules. That is the question: who rules. And here the relevance of the primacy of God.

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