The Charitable-Industrial Complex - NYTimes.com
Early on in our philanthropic journey, my wife and I became aware of something I started to call Philanthropic Colonialism. I noticed that a donor had the urge to “save the day” in some fashion. People (including me) who had very little knowledge of a particular place would think that they could solve a local problem. Whether it involved farming methods, education practices, job training or business development, over and over I would hear people discuss transplanting what worked in one setting directly into another with little regard for culture, geography or societal norms.
Often the results of our decisions had unintended consequences; distributing condoms to stop the spread of AIDS in a brothel area ended up creating a higher price for unprotected sex.
But now I think something even more damaging is going on.
2013: War by the Numbers
War is hell. To hell with war
Ducks, Quacks, & Changing Culture
A summary below, but be sure to click the link above.
American Cultural Moralism is Dead.
"America’s on the backside of an age of cultural Christianity."
Moralism will be exposed for what it’s always been: a false Gospel.
"…the American moralist counterfeit in a nutshell:
- Creator: Founding Fathers (even pagan ones)
- Heaven: A conservative, culturally Christian America
- Hell: A liberal America
- Savior: Moral, politically-active, conservative people”
The Church will be purified to its essence: a gathering of true disciples.
"Things change a bit when your the one being boycotted." (money)
The Church will be forced into action: to the ends of the earth.
"If [a] anti-Christian cultural landscape is what it takes to move God’s people en masse to truly missional living around the world, then for the glory of His name, let it be so."
How a Few Dutch Children Fought for a Street Where They Could Play, and Won
- via Atlantic Cities
The Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel calls it the “skyboxification of American life”—the way in which the wealthy and not-so-wealthy are living further and further apart. In the past, American neighborhoods were more mixed, housing people of very different backgrounds and incomes. Nowadays, many places are becoming homogenized.
-read more: Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots
Here is a visualiztion of where I live. The area outlined in orange is my neighborhood. It ranks a 4 compared to a 90 for the areas in green. A Zip’s ranking is a number between 0 and 99 representing the average of its percentile ranks in college education and in income.
How do we promote more diversity over a homogenized life?